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Old 11-28-2012, 10:17 AM
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Default How to make dubbing look buggier?

Hey, I have some fine dubbing and I simply twist it onto the thread to dub woolly bugger bodies.

I saw some patterns with really great looking dubbing and am wondering how I get that? I have a velcro brush, but maybe I need the non-fine dubbing instead?

I like stuff like this:

Swimming Flies - Warmwater Fly Tyer - by Ward Bean

Wet Flies - Warmwater Fly Tyer - by Ward Bean

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Default Re: How to make dubbing look buggier?

awesome possum is the buggiest dubbing i know of.
it has lots of guard hairs which are stiff and create the buggy look.
Other alternative is a hares mask dyed in different colors which also has a lot of guard hairs
Superfine dubbing is exactly that, superfine to create smooth bodies on dry flies.

also, how you dub the stiffer hairs can be a factor
If you do stiff hairs in split thread, dont twist it and wind it like a hackle you get a nice buggy look too

one more thing , once the body is wrapped, pick it out with a dubbing needle.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:29 AM
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Default Re: How to make dubbing look buggier?

You could spin in in a dubbing loop and then trim it to the desired effect you like or use wool in a dubbing loop too. The wool absorbs water so it will also help in sinking the fly without having to add too much weight. Once you trim it pick it out or hit it with a brush. I like using squirrel or hare's Mask as Eunan has said.
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Default Re: How to make dubbing look buggier?

S font pretty much nailed everything I would have said.
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I really like this dubbing:

https://catalog.theflyshop.com/produ...oducts_id=1572

...for Buggers...

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It was developed by J. Fair and this guy for his Seal Bugger:

http://www.flyfishingstillwaters.com/flys.asp


I use velcro, a stiff toothbrush, .40 cal. bore brush or a dubbing needle to fuzz it out...

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that stuff looks the bees knees.
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Default Re: How to make dubbing look buggier?

use fur that contains guard hairs like hare ear, possum, squirrels etc

and bookmark this. its quite long but its the best thing on the web about dubbing

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Default Re: How to make dubbing look buggier?

I'm very much in agreement with what has been said already, just want to add that IMO, most synthetic dubbing lack that buggy appearance, particularly those with fine fibers as all the fibers will often have the same texture. Buggy, comes from a variety of textures all combined together.

My preference has been & always will be for natural furs & hairs that have a good number of guard hairs when I want buggy. Although mixing natural & synthetic fibers can create some outstanding effects too.

My all time favorite dubbing material is rabbit, but I also like to add other materials to it such as squirrel, opossum (both Amercian & Aussie) Muskrat, Beaver & otter.
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Default Re: How to make dubbing look buggier?

Agree with all posters. Only thing to add is that leech yarn works pretty nicely on buggers.

Like the others have said, it's those stiff guard hairs you're really looking for. Natural fibers and or natural fibers with a touch of synthetic UV sensitive dubbing mixed in sure does make a nice looking buggy nymph. I'm a believer in the UV materials, but there are also times that selective fish want something more natural looking.

Senyo's Laser Dubbing is really great dubbing too.
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Default Re: How to make dubbing look buggier?

Like others have said- dubbing with guard hairs. Rabbit dubbing if you get the right type has guard hairs in it (which can be annoying under certain situations) and as said you can tease it out.

I also like awesome possum. Buggy, yet it dubs really fine if you want it to. One that has not been mentioned is hare tron dubbing. It is VERY buggy.

Just so you can see what it is:

Hare-Tron Dubbin

I tied this caddis pupa with a teased rabbit body so a few strands would come through the tubing. The collar in front of the thorax of peacock herl is hare-tron dubbing which has not been teased at all. It's good stuff.


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