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#1 jimmyboy

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 05:56 PM

was looking around my house for fly tying materials, you know the random stuff you just find. i found dental floss, it was oral-b satin and it was thin and flat. i started tying and what do you know it produced a quill like body. havent tried dying yet but it is white so it should work. will post pictures later.

#2 jimmyboy

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 06:16 PM

does any one else know any thing that you would just randomly find laying around your house that can be used for fly tying.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 06:21 PM

Black and white cat hair . English springer hair. Pit bull tail hair. just to name a few. hysterical.gif
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:05 PM

Yep, dog hair is common in my flies. As is dryer lint as dark gray dubbing.

strange yarn my wife got for a craft project, nail polish for lacquer heads, clear coatings otherwise, or painted eyes or dots.

old christmas tinsel for flash.

I think thats all I've used from the house (So far anyway).
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:08 PM

QUOTE (jimmyboy @ Feb 25 2009, 05:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
was looking around my house for fly tying materials, you know the random stuff you just find. i found dental floss, it was oral-b satin and it was thin and flat. i started tying and what do you know it produced a quill like body. havent tried dying yet but it is white so it should work. will post pictures later.


wait til you hit a craft store! rolleyes.gif
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#6 riffleriversteelheadslayer

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:14 PM

pillow stuffing from throw pillows works great for coarse dubbing whistling1.gif whistling1.gif whistling1.gif so I have heard

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:19 PM

Also, if you have a pull chain (like from a fan or light) break, you can use the chain for eyes.
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:24 PM

When my wife buys a blouse, there are small rubber like pieces in the shoulders that are used to help hang them. She gives them to me, and they are just like Scud back material. I use it for my scuds and my Czech Nymphs.

I also us my dogs hair for dubbing. She is a white dog, so I can dye it almost any color I want.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:07 PM

Don't forget that killer belly button lint fly biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:09 PM

Tabby cat fur, makes an awsome substitute for hare dubbing. Also, those plastic-coated twisty ties. You can strip off the plastic and use the wire for non-lead weight. Take my word for it, it works great.
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#11 Harold Ray

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:32 PM

Get the lint out of your clothes dryer.
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#12 Brian Brown75

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:39 PM

Bet none of you guys have pet llamas like me that make awsome dry fly dub and the neighbors peacocks molt every year (im glad i live in the country)
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#13 Worstcaster

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:49 PM

Ziplock bags make good clear shell backs.

#14 jimmyboy

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 10:12 PM

QUOTE (Brian Brown75 @ Feb 25 2009, 09:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bet none of you guys have pet llamas like me that make awsome dry fly dub and the neighbors peacocks molt every year (im glad i live in the country)


Yes, but i bet you don't live in a national park where you can find fur and feathers every where. And if your really lucky even the odd piece of sasquatch fur smile.gif

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 10:14 PM

Old stuffed animals...all the dubbing you can handle in every colour.