This is one for the Czech nymps: long strands with lots of shine to it makes this a good dubbing for both small and large nymphs. I don’t keep too many Czech nymphs with me, but I always have them ready, both for fresh and saltwater fishing. My personal best for browntrout: 1.25kg, was on a Czech nymph in purple and red.
The long fibers will give a lot of movement to the nymph:
Applied to a UNI 6/0 thread and a TMC 2457 #8 hook
Two colors applied to the hook
Drag the fibers out with a toothbrush gives you long legs:
Since the fibers are so long you can also use it to form a tail, here on a Mustad 94840 #12:
Layer two different colors to form the tail:
The Hends Musk-Rat dubbing is the other from Hends that I have, but compared with the superfine this one has some more longer fibers that stick out. These you can remove before applying to the thread, or keep them on to get a more dynamic body. Usage would be fore dry-flies or emergers.
There are not too many long fibers as you can see, and they are easily removable if you want to do that before adding to the thread
Dubbs nicely on the thread
And can be applied quite thin on the hook, here a Mustad 94840 #14. The long fibers are really long and on small hooks like this they really stand out.
This nymph blend from Wapsi was one of the first dubbing packages that I bought and I have gone through quite a few packages, I don’t know if it is because I started out with this or if it is because I really like it! The blend is easy to work with and gives a life in nymphs (and slender emerger bodies) that I appreciate.
The blend is a good mixture between fine and long fibers
Dubbing on the thread is very easy: can be applied both in a thin and quite a thick layer on the thread
Dubbed on a Mustad 94840 #14 here, the long fibers tend to stick out and give lots of life to the body
On a Dai-Riki 135 #14 hook, with Hareline Scudback 1/8″ and Ultra wire wrapped. Here the blend comes through to its name and creates long nice legs on the fly
The Extra Fine Poly Dubbing from Fly-Rite is made of polypropylene (on wikipedia if you want to read up some more on this) and is very good for slender bodies and dry-flies. The material is very easy to work with and goes on the thread with no problems. For now I only have this in golden yellow, but would like to get this in a few more colors to work with on emergers.
The individual fibers are very long:
It goes on the thread (here a Sheer 14/0) very easy and does not build up to something big and bulky
This is a Mustad 44840 #14, and I have tried to build up as small as possible: the body gets very slim and is just thicker than the hook.
Here you can see the reason why I like this on small flies: here on a Gamakatsu C12-BM #30, without much effort you get a body on even these small hooks
The Hends Superfine is one I have a few colors of and use if I need to create a thin body for dryflies, or for slender nymphs/wetfiles that needs a bit of body.
As you can see: lot of thin, long fibers that makes it easy to apply to the thread
Maybe not the best of pictures, but you can see that you don’t need much to cover the thread
Dubbing a Mustad 9480 #14: it makes a slender body that doesn’t take much space
One of the good properties of the Superfine is the ability to create bodies on very small hooks: here is a TMC 518 #30 with only a few strands of the dubbing to create a tiny body