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Old 08-06-2012, 10:37 AM
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I am looking for a dubbing technique that will give me a super buggy look to flies without using sticky dubbing wax. Here's the fly I want to tie, but again...no sticky dubbing wax on hand for me.

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Well, you could use a dubbing loop, to give you those nice long fibers sticking everything, brushing em out with a dubbing brush, or you could also just use some spit to touch-dub it. Your choice, though I'd personally lean toward the dubbing loop.
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Well, you could use a dubbing loop, to give you those nice long fibers sticking everything, brushing em out with a dubbing brush, or you could also just use some spit to touch-dub it. Your choice, though I'd personally lean toward the dubbing loop.
Thanks AJ. There's a good chance I will be in Buffalo at the end of the month. Thinking about fishing Ellicott Creek, as its only a couple minutes from my father in laws house. Maybe we can try to hook up while I am in town??
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Default Re: Dubbing Techniques

I'm with A.J. on the dubbing loop; I use it all the time.

And I must say I crack up every time I read about going fishing in Ellicott Creek. I did it 50 years ago and it wasn't much more than a slow, frog water carp stream. What a hoot. Glad things have changed! (Did I just type "50 years ago?? ugh)
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Default Re: Dubbing Techniques

i personally hate using dubbing ( i find it annoying ) i have tried wax once was a waste of time i just get a pinch and spin it down on my thread while holding a tiny but at the top and spin it to the thickness i want and tie it on and remove any excess. not the best way but is quick and look buggy.

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Let me know when you'll be in town and we'll get together for a beer, fishing, or both. Too bad you can't make the trip Gary, there's some spots on that water that I've proven are more than just frog water, though the carp are still good too!
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I am partial to using the split thread technique, especially on small flies.
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Hard to beat a dubbing loop for "super buggy" (plus durability).

Just curious - regarding dubbing wax - is it that you don't have dubbing wax, or you simply don't want to use it?

Here's a look at some pre-spun, twisted loop bodies (the thread is waxed though).

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[QUOTE=stenacron;475831]Hard to beat a dubbing loop for "super buggy" (plus durability).

Just curious - regarding dubbing wax - is it that you don't have dubbing wax, or you simply don't want to use it?

Here's a look at some pre-spun, twisted loop bodies (the thread is waxed though).

I have dubbing wax, but its not real tacky. The hares ear fibers just didn't want to stick to it. I'll try a dubbing loop and the good ole spit method for sure.
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I have dubbing wax, but its not real tacky.
Man, I was secretly hoping that was going to be your reply... because now I can share something that may have a big impact on your tying (it did for me).

What if I told you a lifetime supply of the tackiest wax could be had for less than $2.00, and you don't even need to go to a fly shop to buy it? It's a toilet bowl wax ring and it is the only wax that I keep on my desk anymore.

Check it out: Make Your Own Dubbing Wax Toilet ring wax - Global FlyFisher
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