Does anyone use these? I don’t have one and been considering on getting one since I got a $10 off coupon for a local fly shop. I have seen them used on videos, but I don’t know if I like the way the dubbing looks when they are finished. It just looks sloppy in my opinion, but maybe that’s the look they want. Or can you make a cleaner tapered body with them as well?
Can you use these for all flies that take dubbing, or are these tools used only for specific flies?
Last question; or are these tools just personal preference?
Pretty much. I use primarily biots for my dry fly bodies, but when using fur I like to think of it as “fuzzy thread”, keeping it as sparse as possible.
For something like steelhead wets that require a thicker, more bulky body I make a thread loop and twist dubbing in it with something like a paper clip, straightened except for a loop at one end. Cheap, I mean – frugal.
That tool that makes the loop and twists the dubbing. The more I think about it though, the more I don’t think I want one unless it is needed to tie different dry fly patterns. I like a tight tapered body when I use dubbing. But sometimes will use quill for my bodies as well, especially tying 18 and 20’s. It’s easier for me using quill for those sizes, and looks cleaner too.
But if it will teach me different tying skills for dries, I would like to broaden my number of patterns by trying something new. But I only want to broaden my dries. The nymphs I tie for my nephew and friends will still stay what they are. Hey are happy with those and I don’t care to learn any more nymph patterns.
Thanks creek. I’ll look for muskrat online. Can you all recommend a shop online, because my local shop doesn’t carry muskrat. My local shop doesn’t carry much anymore. I think they are to soon going out of business.