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#1 agn54

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 04:10 PM

After watching McFly's video on making Laser Dub with combed out acrylic yarn I decided to try my hand at it. I found a rather colorful skein at Joanne's.

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Although the two flea comb method McFly uses, I found I preferred the zip tie method I saw on another video. I just found it easier to comb out all the knots. Plus, I could comb out the fibers much longer. I was surprised to see that the combed out yarn was essentially identical to polar fiber, which was a pleasant surprise as it is one of my favorite fibers to tie with. The only drawback with it is you are limited by its fairly short length. I saved the fibers that got brushed out and filled a pill dispenser turned dubbing container as well.

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#2 Permitcapt

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 05:17 PM

It looks real good! Kudos.
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#3 ben bell

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 07:01 PM

hi agn54..that looks like a skein of Primary stripes or Mexiicana..nice looking minnows.

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 07:26 PM

Very nice!



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Posted 15 August 2017 - 08:34 PM

Looks good, really good, but I would imagine it will foul like crazy right?

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#6 Rocco

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 07:19 AM

A lead to the zip tie method?

 

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 07:58 AM

Looks good!



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Posted 16 August 2017 - 09:08 AM

Flats, it doesn't really foul at all because though it is really soft stuff, it isn't flimsy. If you've ever pushed a polar fiber minnow you would see what I mean. It can tangle a bit after a fish inhales it, especially ones wth teeth like trout, blues, etc, but it easily combs out and tangles much less than EP fibers/Congo Hair.

 

Rocco, basically you cut the yarn to the length you want and do this for several strands (25-30 or even more if you want a bigger clump, but too many and it takes more effort and time to comb it out). Take the strands in a clump and cinch them in the center with a zip tie. Make sure they are tightly bound so they don't come out when combing. Then take a metal toothed dog comb and comb the yarn out vigorously against your desk. you may want to put something down so the teeth of the brush don't scratch your desktop. I use a plastic craft storage box I turned into a fly box.

 

This is where  got the idea:  



#9 AndrewP

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 09:26 AM

Ag, a question:  assuming you used a single-colored yarn, is there a limit on how long you can brush out the fiber?  Like the concept, but would want to make a few flies longer than your example ....

 

thanks for sharing this!

 

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#10 agn54

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 04:09 PM

The skein I used is single strand so you are limited to the length here. The strands of each color were not uniform in length but varied from about 4 inches to around 14 inches. If you used single colored yarn, I don't see why you couldn't cut the strands as long as you want and tie monster flies with it. 



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Posted 16 August 2017 - 04:27 PM

hi AGN..how well does hold marker pen colors..thanks.

#12 denduke

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 05:27 PM

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If you wanta sing the blues, you gotta pay your dues, and you know it don't come easy...RS
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#13 ben bell

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 07:34 AM

hi all..i soaked some white yarn with red marker over night..looks good, not any fading.

#14 agn54

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 10:07 AM

It takes ink pretty well. In my experience, all markers fade a bit after some use which is why I usually prefer to bar with darker colors. When barring with this stuff, remember to pull the tail end pretty tight, it makes it much easier since the fiber is soft.



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Posted 23 August 2017 - 02:12 PM

.....
If you wanta sing the blues, you gotta pay your dues, and you know it don't come easy...RS
Due to severe budget cuts and economic down turn the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off...