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Old 02-14-2013, 02:33 PM
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Default Re: Cat fur dubbing?

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He is shorthair with fine fur. I have a ball of fur that I took out of his brush and stuck in a bag with the intent of using it for fly tying. I could probably honestly put it on some thread to dub as it is; is there an advantage to cutting it up? How small should I cut/grind it?
If the hairs are stiff and long then they may not lay down on the shank of the hook with the desired effect. A finer dubbin spins up finer and allows more control when trying to shape the body of the fly. Plus the fur may be tighter under the thread if its finer.
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My daughters cat has a good color, I got some hair after she brushed him and used it for dubbing.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:35 AM
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I finally got around to doing some experimenting with the cat fur. I did some experimenting last night and this morning with a craw pattern. His fur is kind of the color of a soft, recently molted craw.
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Here was an attempt with hackle claws, but they are a little large, so this one may not get called to duty.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:57 AM
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Also, I should say that I did not grind up the fur in any way, I just pulled it from the cat brush and used it. It is fairly short and quite soft. I will see how it works this way.
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I should pull some fluff off our stupid cat. its a siamese so its a very good tan to dark brown in shades and its shedding like a fool right now.
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Default Re: Cat fur dubbing?

Cat fur that has been swallowed and hacked up again in a hairball looks more like the things that naturally inhabit the bottom of a body of water than cat fur that has been combed and stroked and teased. Not as pleasant to work with, though. Just sayin'.
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I used to raid the cat's brush all the time when I lived at home. Her hair made the perfect colored Adam's body.
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Using pet hair as dubbing is one of my favorite things about tying flies.
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Works Great Plus its Free Dubbing
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