Week 4 – Lean About Dubbing
There are many different techniques that are used to produce flies. One of the most common techniques involves applying dubbing to flies. There are many different types of dubbing and almost equally as many ways of applying it to a hook. This post is about helping you learn all about dubbing and how to use it in your fly tying.
One very common practice, one that most beginning fly tiers learn, is to place some wax on the thread before you twist your dubbing on the thread. This type of technique is very common in smaller flies. However, a better method s to not put the wax on the thread but on your finger instead. The dubbing material stays on the thread due to the act of twisting the material on the thread not because of the wax. When you place the wax on your fingers (thumb and index) it actually provides the "grip" you need to twist the dubbing materials on the thread. Plus, by not putting the wax on the thread it makes it easy to slide the twisted dubbing material on the thread up to the hook to start wrapping it on the hook.
If you want to know more about dubbing and the various way of applying it (and you should) then you read the article on The Limp Cobra, A Complete Dubbing Techniques Tutorial. You'll learn more than you thought there was to know.