Jelly Beans By Rene’ Harrop December, 2018

Love them or loathe them ‘blob’ flies simply cannot be ignored!! Here American Author and fishing guide Rene’ Harrop dabbles with fishing the blob on the other side of the pond.

Fall of twenty eighteen has been a remarkable period of late season fishing on the lakes and rivers of Yellowstone country. Making it particularly special was the opportunity to share time on the water with friends from distant places, including Gareth Jones. Absent for a few years, Gareth’s visit in late September became instantly more memorable with the addition of his father, Ieuan.

Jelly Bean Brown

Jelly Bean Brown

With three days to catch up on four years of separation, I milked the opportunity of learning that always comes with this master of still waters and, as always, my Welsh friend had some new tricks up his sleeve.

From local Airflo rep Brandon Prince, I had heard of jelly flies tied with special emphasis toward overcoming the resistance of still water trout when conditions are less than ideal. Brandon had learned of an unusual tying material that can perhaps best be described as wildly colored flat chenille from conversation with Gareth at a recent trade show in Florida.

Greeted in late September by wind and off-color water, Gareth immediately began a demonstration of something so far off the scale of conventionality as to be considered bizarre. His score on Henry’s Lake dwarfed that of his companions, and this continued later on Sheridan Lake as well.

Cut-Bow On Jelly Bean

Cut-Bow On Jelly Bean

Imitating nothing, I have ever seen in nature, the fly he called the “Blob” did more damage over three days than all other patterns combined. Naturally, I fished the jelly flies left behind by Gareth to great advantage after his departure, but later on I learned that they are not limited to still water in their effectiveness.

From late October through most of November I am engaged in a quest for fall run browns on the lower Henry’s Fork. A Big streamer is my predominate fly of choice for this fishing but on impulse I decided to try Gareth’s jelly flies, both alone and as a dropper.

By conservative estimate, thirty percent of the noble browns landed over the past six weeks fell victim to Gareth’s new fly, along with a few bonus rainbows as well and though without his approval, it is now referred to as the jelly bean, simply because it is such a sweet concept.

Once again, thank you Gareth.

The Master

The Master

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Rene Harrop

About Rene Harrop

Yellowstone is a trout fishing paradise, and it’s here, just outside its eastern boundary, that you’ll find lifelong fly fisherman and fly tier Rene Harrop. An old school fishing pro’, Rene still runs the family guided fishing and fly tying business he set up with his partner Bonnie. Home is Henry’s Fork which lies close to the confluence of legendary rivers like the Madison, FireHole, Beaverhead, Missouri, Big Hole, Yellowstone, and the Snake. A fly fisherman from the age of nine, Rene is also an artist and fly fishing author of renown.