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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Cat fur dubbing?

    Quote Originally Posted by kingofamberley View Post
    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.
    "Whale oil beef hooked !"- Traditional east coast fishermen saying

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    My daughters cat has a good color, I got some hair after she brushed him and used it for dubbing.
    Okiemountaineer

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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.

    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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    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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    Default Re: Cat fur dubbing?

    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.
    "When you do things right, people wont be sure you've done anything at all."

    Storm Drain Bonefisher

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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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    Default Re: Cat fur dubbing?

    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.

  9. #18
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    Default Re: Cat fur dubbing?

    Using pet hair as dubbing is one of my favorite things about tying flies.
    Cheers,
    --Rob

  10. #19
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    Default Re: Cat fur dubbing?

    Works Great Plus its Free Dubbing

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