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Organizing Dubbing


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#1 tctrout

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 10:43 AM

Organizing our fly tying materials is something that is always changing for most of us. I have many systems in place, some of which I really like, and others that I've had just semi-success with.

 

For this fly tying tutorial, I briefly examine some organizational methods for dubbing (specifically nymph), and conclude by sharing the system I utilize.  Feel free to share any system(s) you use that you've had success with; this is an area that we don't spend a lot of time discussing, though one that can pay dividends when setup correctly.

 

TC

 


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#2 Cannonx4

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 06:31 AM

Some great ideas there. I've only been tying for a short period of time and I am a little lost on what dubbing is used for what. I don't have a whole lot of different kinds of dubbing. I have box of squirrel that I bought somewhere. This has about 10 or 12 different colors in it and I also have a box of UV2 synthetic dubbing I use for dry flies. So far it has sufficed but not necessarily what a pattern calls for.

 

I have been wondering about making my own. Say for instance getting a roadkill rabbit or squirrel and taking the clippers to it like a barber. Give it a hair cut so to say. Then trying to mix up some different kinds. Any thoughts on this process? I am certainly open to suggestions.

 

Thanks for all of the videos you put out, you do a great job on them.


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Posted 24 November 2014 - 07:22 PM

Some great ideas there. I've only been tying for a short period of time and I am a little lost on what dubbing is used for what. I don't have a whole lot of different kinds of dubbing. I have box of squirrel that I bought somewhere. This has about 10 or 12 different colors in it and I also have a box of UV2 synthetic dubbing I use for dry flies. So far it has sufficed but not necessarily what a pattern calls for.

 

I have been wondering about making my own. Say for instance getting a roadkill rabbit or squirrel and taking the clippers to it like a barber. Give it a hair cut so to say. Then trying to mix up some different kinds. Any thoughts on this process? I am certainly open to suggestions.

 

Thanks for all of the videos you put out, you do a great job on them.

 

Thanks for the kind words, Cannon.  

 

Regarding mixing your own dubbing, I do so in small quantities and rarely take clippers to the material.  Instead, I use a dubbing rake to remove sections from the hide, and then blend colors together in a coffee bean grinder.  It's worked well for me over the years that way, though when I have small batches, I can sometimes mix the colors together easily (and much quicker) in my hands.  

 

I'm betting if you search the forum, you will find a topic on this one.  Good luck, and thanks again for the positive comments,

 

Tim


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