Blobs and variants of FAB (Foam Arsed Blob) are a modern fishing fly pattern. Blobs are patterns that are flies loved by some hated by other fly fishermen. Blob fishing flies are a real attractor fly pattern for Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout
What Is A Blob Fly?
These are very vibrant colored fishing flies. Blobs are very simple to tie using 15mm Chenilles. These are real attractor fly patterns with many different vibrant colours. Some fishemen say that Blobs imitate a cloud of Daphnia of zooplankton tiny under 2mm in length, some say Blobs imitate oversized eggs. What we forget as fly fishermen is trout do not have fingers! If a trout see's a fly dashing through the water this natural predator has only one tool and response and that is its mouth, so a trout sees a fly dashing across its path like Blobs retrieved quickly then is either ignores it or bites it thinking its food or attacks it with its mouth. It is all rather simple actually, we are trigering response of a predator.
Our Competition Blobs were designed by Frances Davis from the Welsh Fly Fishing team, she noticed when using Blobs that because they do not look natural often Rainbow Trout would turn away at the last moment, hence she decided to pimp the tail, we worked with her and we added Sandy's Eye Lock and Hackle Stops with Sandys Flutter Disks suspended on the tail, the bright vibrancy of the Flutter Disk triggered more bites. Using Umpqua Egg Fly hooks which are incredibly strong, you could probably pull a tree trunk our of a reservoir without bending those hooks!
How Do We Fish Blobs?
You can fish Blobs alone on a tapered leader or on a team of flies with the FAB as the point fly with a slow retrieve for example a figure of eight retrieve. Blobs can be fished in a variety of ways successfully for example Blobs can also be fished with full sinking lines. This technique works best using very fast, Type 6 or 7 sinking lines, and using blobs on a short leader at most 4 or five feet. The technique is to cast your blobs out the below depth of line you want your fly to sit at and then rapid retrieve the blobs to trigger an attack. An alternative method is the static method using a bite indicator and floating fly line. Cast the blobs out and allow the fly line to hang straight down to the feeding depth. They can be left to drift slowly with wind or currents. Another successful triggering technique with a static line and indicator is to retrieve two to three feet of line and stop, take up the slack and wait. As you retrieve your blobs will have lifted above the feeding zone and as you wait after the retrieve the blobs will sink back to the feeding zone. It is during the lift and drop to the feeding zone that often we can trigger attacks with blobs successfully. When using an indicator keep an eye on your leader for the sharp tug as when Rainbow and Brown Trout realise that the Blob is not real food it will be dropped if you do not tighten up quickly. The Trout Blob fly works well off of both the bank and the reservoir banks.