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Old 12-07-2009, 09:31 AM
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Default Alternative Tying Materials And Tools

Thought a thread on unusual and alternative tying material and tools might be fun.
A friend turned me onto computor parts bags, the anti static kind, for scud backs. Another uses the thin white foam that protects laptop screens for wing material.
Gluing a peice of velcro, the hook side, to a popcicle stick makes a great dubbing pick.
What have you all found around the house, shop, wife's cosmetic bag or any place else to put to use tying?
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:01 AM
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The tinsel you use on your Christmas tree makes good tinsel for tying. Get it after Christmas and it's really cheap, and comes in several different colors.
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:03 AM
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I tie some nice, sparse, SW streamers from clown wig material

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I've had a small collection of them for years, not really knowing to use them for.
I've finely figured out that strands of material could be tied in and then 'sculpted' with heat.
I'll have to do a tutorial sometime
I've used the straight, witch type, halloween wigs for tying big streamers for years, but curly wigs have built in body without the bulk
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:13 PM
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Shape a ball of bees wax on a small dowel to pick up/mount beads on your hook (cheap toliet seal is enough bees wax to make hundreds). Beads will stick to the bees wax.
Cut one quarter out of the circlular eye of a burlap needle (new shape is a question mark) to use as a dubbing loop spinning tool. You can make the same tool out by bending a paper clip to the question mark shape.
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Yat,

I am not very unconventional in my flytying as far as being an innovator of tools or materials. However I have found that Boss provides an endless supply of dubbing material for bodies when I use the rake to remove undercoat and beautiful hair for winging on my salmon flies. The long hair is almost identical to black bear or dyed polar bear and it and the dubbing come in three colors.

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What a beautiful dog you've got Ard!When I was a child I dreamt to have a german sheperd ....I was watching the adventures of Rintintin and Rusty on tv in the early sixties.
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Yat: I also like the computer parts bags for cutting into strips and using them for flashback material on nymphs.

Ard: Nice looking dog, I can see where he would be a good source of dubbing. Reminds me of the time my mom took in a stray German Sherpard, that dog was psycho. She kept him in the back yard and sometimes I could go in the backyard no problem, next time he would bare his teeth and start barking and running after me. I was glad when she got rid of that dog.

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Ard, nice looking dog...My old yellow lab Maggie provided me with lots of very pale yellow dubbing and useful guard hairs over the years. The wife also had an old yellow cat we adopted that looked exactly like "Morris" from the cat food commercials. He provided me with best looking "sulfur" dubbing I've ever used.

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The reflective streamers on my daughters bike handlebars is killer for flashbacks and streamers......some is even hologram.......for those low light cloudy days.....
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A cow (stomach) magnet to magnetize sissors or pliers for picking hooks out of the box. The guys I tie with all have one.
It's a cylindrical magnet that is put in cows stomachs to attract wire, nails, etc.
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