Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Bubble Kebari

The Bubble Kebari
 A couple nights ago I was sitting at the snack tray/fly tying table trying to think up some new sakasa kebari variations when I came up with this guy....The Bubble Kebari.  Actually, to be more specific this would be a variation of a takayama sakasa kebari because of the peacock herl collar.  There are many reasons why a trout, or any other fish for that matter, may decide to inhale a fly.  Throughout the literature on fly fishing I have come across the idea of "trigger points" being the reason for the fish to strike the fly.  These trigger points are usually based on size, shape, color, and types of movement.  The reverse hackle of a sakasa kebari or a north country fly is a trigger point that suggests life when moving along with the current or during the act of manipulating the fly.  If it's alive it could be food.  There is another idea out there proposed by the late Gary Lafontaine (with his sparkle pupa) and others (gold bead heads on nymphs) that air bubbles trapped by or used by an aquatic insects to raise to the surface may act as an attractant. It is with that in mind that I added a small collar of medium silver tinsel to the body of the fly.  Not only is this "bubble" visible from distance in the right light, I found that it looks like the real thing when placed in a glass of water next to another fly (a submerged Usual) with traped air bubbles.  I have tied them without the herl collar and with black and tan bodies.  The "bubble is very striking on a black bodied fly.  In addition, I tied the tinsel in a strip along the back for a string of "bubbles."  It's also easier to tie it this way.  I think may be a nice little fly to try.  Now, if the winter would only be on it's way so I can try out a few of these newer patterns I'd be a much happier camper

Bubble Kebari
Hook: Mustad C49S
Body: Uni-thread 6/0, olive (or black, tan, gray, cream, etc.)
Collar: peacock herl (optional)
Hackle: Hungarian partridge
Collar #2: medium silver tinsel (or can be tied in a strip along the back of the body but the collar is visible from all angles)


  1. Excellent idea! Just love your creativity and sometimes I wonder why I wouldn't come up with those ideas. I see you are using tinsel for the bubble, what's your thought of substituting the tinsel with an mercury glass bead? This is the year of Tenkara!

  2. Karel, The mercury glass bead may work better. I think it will be visually more appealing. In addition, with the bead the fly may get down deeper into the water column than with just tinsel and produce more strikes depending on the conditions fished. Thanks for the compliment too.