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    Default Making a dubbing brush

    I'm very new to tying. Recently I came across a recipe for a mini-wooly bugger where a dubbing brush was used for the body instead of just regular dubbing. It seems like a good idea to me and so I checked it out and discovered several you-tube videos that showed the wooden trough-type device one uses for making the brushes.

    I would like to make this device and wondered if there were standard dimensions that one used for the trough (for lack of a better name). So, how wide, deep and long is it? Better still, are there plans that could be used? ...unless I am treading into someone's copyright - wouldn't want to do that.

    Thanks.

    RVC
    Last edited by rvc; 08-13-2011 at 05:14 AM.

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    Default Re: Making a dubbing brush

    I would just do it with your thread. Unless your going to be tying in bulk I don't think you'll find it necessary to build a block.

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    Default Re: Making a dubbing brush

    I created a thread not to long about the same thing. I needed to create some dubbing brushes for a fly called the Sleeze Burger. You can buy a device called the cyclone dubbing twister or something like that for $60. There was no way I was going to pay that for something I knew I could build.



    This is how I built it:
    (You can make the dimensions as you want)

    The base is 14.5 inches long x 5.5 inches wide.

    The vertical piece of wood is 11.5 inches long with an inch and a half cut out

    I then took a metal screw in hook and glued that into a .22mag casing. I drilled a hole through the post and drilled a screw into the butt end of the casing with a small piece of wood for a handle.

    One the other end of the piece of wood I put a screw in place to hole the other end of the wire.

    That is pretty much it.

    I did find it difficult to get the rabbit to flare out so what I did to help hold the hair in place while removing from the hide is place a piece of double sided tape along the railing.

    I havent tried to create a dubbing brush with dubbing I imagine its a little easier to work with.

    Here is a youtube video of the Sleeze Burger being tied:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeIRPTOP9GA]Sleeze Burger - YouTube[/ame]

    Hope that wasnt to confusing.

    Tyler

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    Default Re: Making a dubbing brush

    Thanks for the help.

    As I mentioned I'm pretty new to tying and figured I'd start with panfish flies as all I have is a #5 rod. My first flies will be mini-buggers and I have seen that you can use dubbing for the body as opposed to the chenile for the full scale models. I figure the wire in the dubbing brush would make the body a little more wear resistant from strikes from the local bluegill population. Hence my wanting to use a wire brush.

    Your brush maker is great and I take it from your comments that anything will work withing reason. I've been checking out other designs on-line and have come up with my own which will be forthcoming.

    Thanks again. The responses are appreciated.

    RVC

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    Default Re: Making a dubbing brush

    For the trough on mine, I used two sections of cove molding facing each other-



    The wheel is made up of a screw eye run through shower door rollers and into a t-knob, held down by a strap intended for flexible electrical conduit.



    I think the whole rig cost $6.
    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1276302_n.jpg

    I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.

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    Default Re: Making a dubbing brush

    I'm pretty sure that James Leisenring who pioneered the dubbing brush method rolled 'em up on his leg like he was rolling a cigar.
    Personally I've always thought that making a dubbing loop right on the hook was much easier
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    Default Re: Making a dubbing brush

    Nice pictures BigCliff. Thanks for sending them. It's neat to see how people come up with different solutions to the same situation. You have some great ideas there and I appreciate your sharing them.

    RVC

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    Default Re: Making a dubbing brush

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    I'm pretty sure that James Leisenring who pioneered the dubbing brush method rolled 'em up on his leg like he was rolling a cigar.
    Personally I've always thought that making a dubbing loop right on the hook was much easier
    Perhaps the hair he pulled out of his leg in the process added to the dubbing. Let's see... Hare-hair?

    RVC

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    Default Re: Making a dubbing brush

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    Personally I've always thought that making a dubbing loop right on the hook was much easier
    Even after having made that, I still use my Dubbit tool more often-

    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1276302_n.jpg

    I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.

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    Default Re: Making a dubbing brush

    I have the dubbing brush tool made with the stiff fine wire hooks in a brass handle. I looked at building a table and decided I didn't need it. The only downside I've found is that for really big flys, the vise isn't tall enough to make the brush long enoughbut since I rarely tie on 2 or 4 long shank hooks it's not a big deal.

    "Every [child] has the right to a first fish. On this particular planet, no man is granted a greater privilege than to be present and to assist in the realization of this moment". Bill Heavey

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