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Old 02-29-2012, 02:17 PM
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Does anyone know of a good micro fibbet substitute?
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Fibers from a natural bristle paint brush
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z-lon fibers, but its not as firm or straight
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Ditto Rip Tide, paint brush bristles, and I don't think they have to natural. If you can find bristle fibers that are fine enough it doesn't matter the material. Micro Fibbets are synthetic.
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There are quite a few substitutes,some have been mentioned.
Some I have used are: Brissles from Shaving Brushes,Paint & Cleaning Down Brushes,Art Brushes etc,however you now have to check them all out to see if the new ones which are mostly made in China are suitable.
Also there are lots of other Synthetic materials which come in all colours & I see in The $2 Shops .
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Hi,

What do you want to use these for?
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What do you want to use these for?
Tail fibers on a couple of patterns.
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I've also used them for Tails on some of the Dry Spinner type Flies,like Goose biots for me they are now fiddly things to use as my fingers aren't as nimble & don't work like they used to.
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I have a cheap source for real micro fibetts. Micro fibetts are the bristles from artist brushes. That is their original source. Like many materials in fly tying, micro fibetts have been adapted from another purpose.

Wait for sale coupon for a Michaels or Joanne craft store. Both carry artist brushes that are about $5 for the beginner's brushes. With the 40 - 50% off coupon you can get then for $3 or less. Get the widest flat top brush and cut of the wooden handle. You will get micro fibetts whose tips are aligned and ready for tying in. Just cut out the number you need.

The bristles can by colored with markers but I think the tan works fine for most flies. The parachute adams has the paint brush fibetts for tail fibers, and you can see that at the the left base of the brush I have begun to cut off the fibers.

The dark tips of the fibetts really is not noticeable on the fly.

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I believe microfibbets are actually synthetic paint brush bristles treated with Watershed.
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