How to use dubbing
Fundamentals fly tying series #5 – how to use dubbing
Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions has posted the new video in his series of “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques.” Each video will cover a single tying technique, from beginner to advanced. Finally, the series would serve as a resource for anyone who sits down at a vise to create a fly, acting as a kind of encyclopedia of tying skills.
A weighted implement called a dubbing twister or dubbing whirl is connected to the bottom of a dubbing string. The dubbing loop is corded up to create a string or noodle with the dubbing material trapped inside by spinning the dubbing twister. The effect is a fuzzy body that is simple to wrap around the hook shank.
Dubbing spinner guide
Fly tying materials used to make artificial flies are referred to as “DUBBING,” which refers to thoroughly mixed combinations of natural fur and synthetic hairs, as well as materials of various colors and structures! Natural dubbings are most widely used for the bodies of artificial flies that occur naturally; however, we may tie the highlighting elements of the flies that serve as a trigger point for fish using synthetic or brightly colored dubbings! Of course, dubbings can be mixed and blended to produce special blends, and we can use these dubbings to tie extremely effective artificial fly patterns for all forms of fly fishing!
Dubbing – types and how to use – mcfly angler fly tying tips
Let’s talk about dubbing for a moment. The word is both a noun (the material) and a verb (the act of applying said material) in fly tying, and it causes much more headaches than it should. One of the most basic tenets of fly tying is skillfully twisting fur tightly around the tying thread, but few tyers have mastered or even felt very comfortable with it. I have to confess that I often judge other tyers based on their dubbing, and I am frequently disappointed. “You’re probably using too much,” is the best tip I can give any tyer right off the bat before we even get started, but we’ll get into that later.
To dub well, I believe one must first understand what we are trying to accomplish when we twist some fur onto the thread. When we watch someone else dub thread, it appears to be fairly straightforward and easy, but once we get our hands on our own vises, we all discover that there is a little more to it than meets the eye. To that end, let’s talk about dubbing and how to approach the project with a strategy.
How to use a dubbing loop fly tying technique
The fly tying industry, like any other company, tries to meet consumer demands by developing new products and providing a wide range of colors and textures. The problem is that many people are perplexed by all of the options and are uncertain what some of the products are for. I doubt anyone has gone to the trouble of describing what the various items are, what textures they have, what they can be used for, or how to use them.
I’ll devote some time to doing just that for you. We’ll start by discussing the various types of items, their textures, and how to use some of them. To begin, we use dubbing as a method of thread covering. Furs were originally twisted and spun on threads with waxes to change the color or form of the flies. Some processes were used to catch, preserve, or repel water in order to make something look more alive.
Let’s look at the difference between synthetic and natural. Synthetic dubbings are yarns that have been extruded, cut, or combed out in order for the tyer to use small portions of the fibers. Natural furs are fabrics that come from fur-bearing animals, and they are normally attached to leather skins that have been tanned or dried. Guard hairs are the longer, thicker fibers of natural fur, while underfur are the fibers under the rougher guard hair. It is sometimes important to separate some of the fibers in order to use them. When an animal is born in the sea, its fur is generally called dry fly material. A beaver, for example, is a water-based animal whose fur naturally sheds water.