How to Make Dubbing for Fly Tying?

The question of how to make dubbing for fly tying is very simple. Fly tying dubbing is either made from natural or synthetic material. Although synthetic fibers have gained acceptance in the market, most people prefer fly tying dubbing that is made from natural fibers. However, note that the type of dubbing material you create depends on the type of fly you have- that is, whether it's a dry fly or a wet fly. 


Dubbing material for dry fly  

It sounds a bit obvious that dubbing for dry flies should be made with water-resistant materials that have good floatability. Natural hair and fur from mammals associated with water such as otter and beaver tend to be water resistant and so suitable for dubbing material for dry fly. On the contrary, hair, and fur from land-based mammals such as squirrel, mink, and rabbit, lack the water resistance ability required for dry flies. But this should not limit you if you have dry flies as you can always apply a floatant to the hair and fur of land-based mammals to suit them for dry flies. 

Dubbing material for wet fly 

The preferred dubbing materials for wet fly are those that absorb water. In this case, dubbing form land-based mammals are best for the wet fly. Water-based mammals cannot make good dubbing for wet flies. But in case you have hair and fur from water-based animals, you can add some more weight on it to suit it for the wet fly.  

The color consideration in making dubbing 

It's very important to have a blended color for dubbing- from flash and glitter combinations to natural earth tones. Blend the colors according to your preference and more importantly according to the style of fly you want to create. Most natural insects are not one solid color so focus on producing dubbing with multiple colors. You'll also consider the texture of your dubbing material. A combination of guard hairs and underfur always produce buggy-looking dubbing.  

How to make dubbing for fly fishing- the ideal process 

As earlier mention, dubbing can be made from different materials. This article will teach you how to make the dubbing. The procedure is the same when using fur or hair from both water-based and land-based mammals. Before you start the process, make sure your hands are clean. Dirty hands may discolor your dubbing. You'll need a rabbit face (you can use any fur), a pair of shears, a pair of scissors, and a mixing jar.
 - Pick your rabbit face and remove all the whiskers and eyelashes using scissors. You don't want them in your dubbing. 
 - Trim all the underbody fur and hair around the eyes using shears. You might want the white, the brownish, or the black fur but this will depend on the dubbing you want in terms of color. 
 - Once you've selected all the fur that you want, load it in a mixing jar. You can use a coffee bean grinder or any other jar.  
- Pour water into the jar. Don't fill the jar, just let the water be half-full. The idea is to shake the components of the jar until they are uniformly combined. 
 - If you feel that the combination isn't right, you can add an extra pinch of the material you feel appears less. With another couple of shakes, you'll have a new and improved dubbing mix. 
 - Gently pour all the water and squeeze the dubbing material you've achieved. You can leave it to dry in the sun.


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