The art of dubbing

Some guys master the art of dubbing to perfection, getting the right amount of dub for the thread everytime, winding it looks like a cakewalk, etc, etc.

Here is a quick run down of how to use 3 different techniques for dubbing your fly.

First one is the normal simple dubbing where you apply the dub, twist with your fingers, this is a good way of making a dubbing body, that is tight and the fibers are close together, you can decide to brush it afterwards.

Number two is a dubbing loop, nice to do if you want to apply fur as dubbing or just want a body that is more fluffy and transparent, brushing it will make the fibers long and the body thin.

Number 3 is just as number two, but this time, split the thread, with this particular dubbing technique you will be able to make dubbing on dryflies without building up to much thread.



Ps. Sorry for not posting the last 2 weeks. Workload on the job has been quite heavy. but now it looks like there will be some time for posting and time for tying again.

9 svar til The art of dubbing

  1. Steen says:

    Unfortunately still too little light Allan ….
    Otherwise a nice video :)

    • admin says:

      @ Steen.
      I got a new dining table yesterday, light is not the problem anymore, made two soft spot like the way you mentioned, but the white table seemed to burn out so i turned down the iso and uped the F count.

      i knew it wasent a perfect setup, but i just felt like getting somthing outthere, hence its been a while. Work you know :-)


  2. Jesper says:

    Skide godt

  3. mik says:

    hey dude… could you please show how to do step 3 on a monofilament thread? :-)

  4. No talk of wax?
    A good wax is mandatory when doing touch-dubbing with fine wool andfur like the mole fur on north county spider patterns.
    Also wax can be used to adjust the colour of silks. Try a good cobblers wax on yellow silk and see it turn olive.


    • admin says:

      Hi Henrik. Yeah wax is great, i have some of the fantastic wax Mr. Damsgaard makes. I use it for polarbear underfur. And you are right about the fine wool and fine fur aswell.

  5. I know his seal fur. But did not know he made wax
    I just made some wax myself, try it out next time you visit John Mortensen, he will get some Wednesday.

  6. Another thing I just happened to see, is that you tend to spin the dubbing either by hand on in loop or in thread the opposite way than you then do when turning the silk on the hook. Depending of cause on how tight you do this, you might experience that the dubbing unwraps when turned around the hook.

    If the dubbing is wrapped the same way as the thread goes on the hook, then it just get tighter and more secure when turned on the hook.

    Did you put any consideration into this before selecting direction of turning when applying dubbing?

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