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Soft Hackle Body Materials

November 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The video demonstrations showed the most popular materials for soft hackle bodies, really the same materials for any nymph or wet fly. One body type that deserves a bit more explanation is hares mask. Hare’s mask is fur taken from the face of a bunny.  You can get hare’s ear or hare’s mask dubbing in pre-cut packages at the fly shop, or buy the mask yourself (or for you hunters…)

In the Green and Partridge demo, you saw hares mask applied with the direct dub method.  Another method is to use a dubbing brush. A dubbing brush is dubbing that is capture by thin wire and spun. This creates a pipe-cleaner like “brush” of dubbing. The fun way to create a dubbing brush is with a spinning block.

Here is a demo of a spinning block, courtesy of Jansiman on YouTube:

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 winonaflyfactory // Nov 13, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Is this used for nymphs only due to the weight of the brush? Also is this a better way of dubbing things that don’t want to dub? i.e. ice dub or cut antron? As always, thank you for your time and answers.

  • 2 WhiskeyCreek // Nov 13, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    For me, its more for the fun of building a new gadget, and learning a new technique. I could argue its some time savings, using a brush takes care of ribbing and dubbing at the same time.
    This is a great way to capture stuff that is harder to dub. I’ve seen commercial brushes that have rubber legs integrated.
    I made a twister from plans in Fly Tyer magazine.

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