Cat fur dubbing

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Allison, Apr 9, 2006.

  1. Allison Banned or Parked

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    Ok, this is going to sound really dumb, but cat fur seems to make nice dubbing material.

    Is there any disadvantage to this? I have regular dubbing materials too, but wouldn't mind having a constant supply of a certain shade of grey.:cool:
  2. ibn Moderator

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    A patchy cold cat.
  3. Allison Banned or Parked

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    :D

    Actually, I combed her to harvest the goods. :p
  4. Bruce Davidson formerly hatman

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    I've found cat fur dubbed flies especially good for dogfish.
  5. Cactus Dana Miller

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    Do dog hair flies work for catfish?:confused:
  6. Swandazi Kevin

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    nope, they scare them away.
  7. Allison Banned or Parked

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    I've heard that using tuna can labels as dubbing on your flies will catch a lot of catfish though.
  8. Sloan Craven Active Member

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    I just like any excuse to shave a cat.
  9. Allison Banned or Parked

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    Well, hey, if I thought it was going to get me somewhere, I'd probably shave her and then blackmail her with the pictures, but actually the technique was discovered by accident. I have a super-fine comb that I run across her fur from time to time to check for fleas. The teeth are closer together than the size of a flea. What you get (assuming the cat is flealess, 'cuz with the fleas it's just gross) is the fine underhair, that at least in my cat's case, is downy and dun-colored, kinda like bunny.

    I've just tied up a couple of flies with it and it works as well as anything for dubbing, assuming the fishies will like it. Makes me want to go to the houses of other cat owners with my fine comb in hand. An orange tabby might be nice......
  10. jami_wa New Member

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    Yes!!!!!!! finally a purpose for the 2.5lbs of fur my himmalayans leave on the furniture. I was looking a huge mass of white fur the other day wondering about this topic lol
  11. Backyard SANCHO!

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    iagree
  12. troutaholic Member

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    Hey Jami just put that fur in a little plastic baggie, label it "Himalayan Yak under arm fur" (or some such) and sell it for 7.99 a pack at Orvis. Get a couple more cats and all your fly fishing will end up free! :beer2:
  13. Minx New Member

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    :beer2: I'll drink to that......here kitty, kitty. How about whiskers? Work good for tails or antennae? :rolleyes:
  14. Allison Banned or Parked

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    A lot of tabby cats have striped whiskers.

    I hadn't though of that until I saw someone was selling them for fly tying materials on Ebay. :rolleyes:
  15. scotch New Member

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    after you shave your cat and cut off it's whiskers, put scotch-tape on its feet. Hilarious.
  16. Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    Do you get to kill the cat first?
    I to have been contemplating using pet fur for fly fishing. The home road dog fly. You may have just motivated me to do it.
  17. ceviche Active Member

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    But, seriously... From my experience, cat fur seems to absorb water a bit too well. The fur from my medium hair, calico/russian blue mixed looks like a perfect dun color, so I tied up some Adams flies. However, they seemed to get water-logged rather easy. I suppose some kind of water-proofing would be in order with cat fur.
  18. Minx New Member

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    Sounds like some "water-proof cat" testing is in order here :cool:
  19. Allison Banned or Parked

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    Ok, then two more dumb questions:

    Is waterlogging an issue if it's a wet fly, or only if it's a dry fly?

    Waterproofing: seems like the same stuff you use on your outdoor clothes might work on fur. Anyone have thoughts on that?
  20. nomlasder Active Member

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    Sign me up, I gotta couple I should test