Bumblebee Fly


Although not a common food source for fish, it's high contrast body make it a great attractor pattern.

How it's tied

 The body of the fly is created using alternating bands of black and yellow dubbing, or foam in alternating black and yellow, replicating the distinctive coloration of a bee or bumblebee.

The wing is crafted from white or clear synthetic materials, such as poly yarn or antron. These materials are tied in at the head and flared backward over the body, imitating the wings of a bee.

What it mimics

As the name implies, the Bumblebee fly is designed to mimic a bumblebee, or a bee. While bumblebees are not a common food source for fish, the fly's distinct color pattern and fluttering motion can trigger predatory instincts, making it an effective attractor pattern.

Where it's used

The Bumblebee fly is often used in small streams and ponds, particularly during the warmer months when terrestrial insects like bees are abundant. It's especially effective when cast near overhanging vegetation or under trees, where fish are more accustomed to seeing terrestrial insects fall into the water.

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Fish you can can fly fish for with the Bumblebee

Brown Trout

Cutthroat Trout

Golden Trout


Marble Trout

Ants, Bees, and Wasps (Latin: Hymenoptera)

The Bumblebee mimics one or more species from the insect order Ants, Bees, and Wasps

Latin: Hymenoptera

Hymenoptera includes ants, bees, and wasps, insects that play vital roles in pollination, predation, and ecosystem balance.

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