Doobry/Wickhams Variant

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The Doobry is a fly that is a cross between two classic loch-style wet flies: The Zulu and The Dunkeld. Writing in Trout and Salmon Flies of Scotland [1] its originator, Stan Headley, notes that while the original Doobry was created for a specific purpose on a specific loch, it didn’t really work that well as originally conceived. However, it has become a modern standard on both lochs and reservoirs throughout the UK serving as a general purpose loch-style pattern. This variant has more in  common to the colours of the classic Dunkeld (brown, orange and gold), with none of the black of the Zulu and might equally as well be referred to as a Wickhams variant, as it shares the classic combination of brown and gold of that pattern. For some reason, I’ve never tied or fished the Doobry, so have tied up a few of both the classic and this variant for 2019.

Doobry Variant (Stan Headley)
Hook: Tiemco 3769 #10-12
Tail: Globrite yarn #6
Rib: Gold wire
Body: Gold tinsel
Body hackle: Brown rooster
Collar hackles: Brown hen over fluorescent orange rooster
Thread: Danville 6/0 black

The Doobry

The original Doobry uses a slightly different dressing than the one shown below, which substitutes globrite #4 for the tail, as opposed to red wool.

Doobry (Stan Headley)
Hook: Tiemco 3769 #10-12
Tail: Globrite yarn #4
Rib: Gold wire
Body: Gold tinsel
Body hackle: Black rooster
Collar hackles: Black hen over fluorescent orange rooster
Thread: Danville 6/0 black
  1. Stan Headley, Trout and Salmon Flies of Scotland (Ludlow: Merlin Unwin, 1997)