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Wapsi SLF Squirrel Spikey Dubbing

This is the Squirrel Spikey Dubbing SLFS-11: Fox, Natural

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As you can see: a lot of long fibers in this one2013.04.dryfly.me.dubbing_wapsi_squirrel_bundle

Tying in on a Mustad 9480 #14

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The coarse blend really shows up once you get it on the hook:

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Here I have wrapped ultra wire around the hook and brushed it to show how it will drag out:

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Finally trimmed down with scissors:

2013.04.dryfly.me.dubbing_wapsi_squirrel_cutThe dubbing is easy to work with on the thread – it dubs easily and doesn’t give much resistant when applying to the hook. It does, however, have a lot of long fibers, so this is not for the smallest dry-flies, but can give a nice scruffiness to your fly.

 

Dubbing: Hare’s Ear Plus Dubbin

When I first started tying flies I went and bought a little bit of everything, testing out material and figuring out their properties is easy when you can go into a store and feel it, but it is harder when you are trying to order online – you never quite know what you get. So: this is the first post for looking at dubbing: this material that you can find in so many variants (and not to talk about blending your own…). For now I will try to look at different types of dubbing as they appear directly from the package.

Hare’s Ear Plus from Hareline consists of rabbit fur combined with Antron, making it a very good blend for wetflies and buggy nymphs (but also emergers that needs a bit of life)

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A little bit of dubbing: you can see the roughness of it, this is a nice and coarse blend.

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Tying in on a Mustad 9480 #14

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A lightly dubbed hook – will generate a lot of life in the water:

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Wrapped a wire around the hook and lightly brushed the dubbing. With so little dubbing you can see it doesn’t add much to the version above:

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A trimmed version of the one above: the colors makes a roughness to the body that I like. This is how I apply this to emergers:

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Applied a very generous amount to a D-R 135 #14 hook with wire twisted around the hook and brushed it a lot to show how it can come out for nymphs:

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