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The complete guide to dubbing!

DUBBING NOODLE


This is a technique I rarely use, but it is a useful technique to have in your armoury. Its main use is for bodies on larger flies. This technique is only really suitable for dubbings mediums with a medium to long staple length. Mediums such as Hare’s Ear, Mole, Squirrel, Seal’s Fur, etc don’t really lend themselves to this technique.
For reference the dubbing I have used here is WCB flytying supplies “Easy Dub” a synthetic dubbing.

Wind the thread half way down the hook shank.

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Take a wad of dubbing and pull some out, then twist the end to a point.

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Then tie it in.

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Now place the dubbing next to the thread.

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Then pinch the dubbing and thread between your fingers. Don’t pinch too tight, you want the dubbing to feed from the wad as you wrap.

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Now start wrapping. With this technique you do not twist the dubbing onto the thread. Any twisting is imparted naturally during the wrapping process.

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Keep wrapping and feeding from the wad until you reach the tie-off point.

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Separate the thread from the dubbing and then tie in the end of the dubbing noodle.

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And that’s it, a quick and easy way to apply a larger amount of dubbing to the hook. It’s also much stronger than normal dubbing techniques.
I scrubbed this much harder than I normally would with a Velcro brush.

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Had I scrubbed the same material, twist dubbed, as hard I don’t think there would have been much left! But with this technique..

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A simple example of this techniques usefulness..

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