Fly Tying Mondays Resume on December 5th.

We will get another season rolling on Monday December 5th at West Park Middle School starting at 7 pm. We are usually done by 9 pm.

...new members are always welcome.

A box full of flies!

A box full of flies!
...and fly fishers

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Mastering Dubbing Loops with Phil Rowley




I always look forward to the all day seminar that Phil Rowley puts on for our club. Today was the 6th Saturday workshop that Phil has put on for us. The gym was full with 25 avid fly tyers and Phil challenged us to master tying with dubbing loops, using a magic tool and making our own dubbing brushes. Our gang is certainly developing into proficient fly tyers. The 10 patterns they worked on today certainly helped to expand their tying skills and confidence at the vice.

Why Dubbing Loops?
*Durability
*Translucency
*Reinforce & control brittle materials
*Manage thick stemmed feathers
*Combine dissimilar materials
*Divide tails

Phil is an outstanding instructor. The day flew by and the smiles on the faces of our gang was a testament to their success and what they learned. 

Thanks Phil for another educational day.

Just a reminder that we do have fly tying this Monday night. Roy Saunders is our guest instructor. See You then! We are down to the final three tying sessions of the year.


Phil Rowley


Fly Craft Fullback-Flashback

Hook:  Mustad S82 3906B #12-#8
Thread:  Black or Olive
Tail:  Pheasant Tail
Rib:  Fine Copper Wire
Body: Arizona Synthetic Peacock, Ice Dub or Peacock Herl
Wingcase: Pheasant Tail Topped with Mirage Opal Mylar
Thorax:   Arizona Synthetic Peacock, Ice Dub or Peacock Herl
Legs: Partridge or Indian Hen Back


Poly Spinner

Hook:  Mustad R50-94840 #12-#16
Thread:  Color to Match
Tail:  Microfibbets
Body: Dry Fly Dubbing
Wings:  Poly Yarn


Combining Different Materials Together
*Dubbing loops can be used to combine different materials such as dubbing and Crystal Chenille together
*Dubbing loop must always be at least 1.5 inches shorter than chenille
*Cal Bird style or crochet hook dubbing tool
*Load loop then bring chenille down parallel and spin tight


Dubbed Girdle Bug

Hook:  Mustad R74-9762 #6-#10 Weighted
Thread:  Color to Compliment Body
Tail:  Superfloss
Body: Dubbing Spun Together with Crystal Chenille
Legs:  Superfloss
Antenna:  Superfloss


Grizzly Dragon

Hook:  Mustad R74-9672 #6-#8
Underbody: 7/8 Slim foam body, tan or black
Body: Grizzly marabou, trimmed to shape
Wing Case:  Scud Back, Olive, ¼”
Legs:  Stretch Floss, mottled with a permanent marker
Head: Arizona Synthetic Peacock
Eyes: Booby Eye Body Foam, black


CDC Scud

Hook:  Mustad C49S #10-#14
Thread:  Olive
Rib:  Fine copper or gold wire
Body:  Dubbed mixture CDC and Light Olive Diamond dubbing
Shellback:  Olive Scud Back, 1/8” wide


CDC-A Primer
*CDC or Cul De Canard
*Feathers located around preen gland of water fowl
*Ducks and geese most popular sources
*Buoyant, gathers air bubbles
*Excellent material for both dry and wet flies
*Material gains its buoyant air trapping qualities from individual barbs not oil



CDC Caddis Pupa

Hook:  Mustad C49S #8-#14
Thread:  UTC 70 olive or brown
Body:  CDC
Thorax:  CDC
Hackle:  Partridge or Mottled Hen


Reinforcing Herl
*Dubbing loops can reinforce peacock herl, ostrich herl even pheasant tail
*Use thread or wire dubbing loops
*Dubbing loop must always be at least 1.5 inches shorter herl
*Cal Bird style or crochet hook dubbing tool
*Don’t twist tight at first
*Spin a few times, wind forward, spin again, wind forward etc.



Here is  a short video of Phil showing how to reinforce peacock herl.



Bullet Proof Prince

Hook:  Mustad S82 3906B #12-#8
Thread:  Black or Olive
Tail:  Brown Goose Biots
Rib:  Fine Gold or Copper Wire
Body: Peacock Herl
Legs: Partridge or Indian Hen Back
Wings: White Goose Biots


Dubbing Brushes
*Wire based dubbing brushes are strong and easy to produce
*Easy to pre make quantities of dubbing brushes for a variety of uses
*Use soft copper wire
*Can be made by hand or by using a dubbing block or machine




Training Coarse Dubbing
*Heat cup or glass to boiling point
*Saturate fly in hot water for a few seconds
*Stroke fibers back so they flow
*Set fly aside to dry



 Ruby Eyed Leech


Hook:  Mustad R74-9762 #6-#10
Thread:  Color to Compliment Body
Tail:  Dubbing Fibres
Body: Arizona Simi-Seal Dubbing Brush
Bead: Red Glass
Head: Copper or Gold Cone


Controlling & Dubbing Brittle Materials
*Aftershaft are the soft, brittle secondary feathers attached to main body feathers
*Best sources include pheasant rump and grizzly marabou
*Aftershaft feathers can be used to form mobile bodies and thoraxes
*Dubbing loops do an excellent job controlling fragile materials such as aftershaft feathers
*Use dubbing wax to hold materials in position
*Form dubbing loop around materials


Aftershaft Leech

Hook:  Mustad R74-9762 #6-#10
Thread:  Color to Compliment Body
Tail:  Marabou
Body: Aftershaft Feathers
Hackle:  Pheasant Rump







Popsicle Leech

Hook:    Mustad R74-9672 #2-#8
Thread: Color to compliment marabou color
Tail: Marabou mixed with a few strands of Flashabou
Hackle: Polar Chenille
Body: Crystal Chenille, color to compliment marabou color
Collar: Strung Marabou 
Bead: Copper, gold or hot orange cone

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