Using the coffee grinder

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Michael v.d.Bogert, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. Michael v.d.Bogert Active Member

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    Today I was in the creating mode: coffeer grinder and one hour work.
    Hope you like some colors.
    The pink I used to tie some for the grayling.
    IMAG10651.jpg Mike 0012.jpg Mike 0521.jpg
  2. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    What do the 3 colors in the leftmost row look like when wet? I'm after a color like that for some wet fly bodies.

    Everybody needs one of those small coffee grinders to mix dubbing.
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  3. GAT Active Member

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    I use pretty coarse material for some of my dubbing and the coffee grinder doesn't have the torque required to grind it down. I found some mini containers that you use with a full size kitchen blender and use them for making coarse dubbing material. The full size blender gives you a number of options in regards to speed and such so is a bit more useful than a coffee grinder.

    I do also use a coffee grinder for fine type dubbing so I think the way to go is to use both.

    Michael, are you using store-purchased dubbing to blend or starting from scratch with antron fibers?
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  4. David Loy Senior Moment

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    Nice flies. I was going to get a coffee grinder for blending but ran across the video of the guy using canned compressed air and a round(ish) jar. Works great.

    Oh, later add on: The guy in the vid simply snipped the dubbing with scissors and re-blew it to get finer material. You'll know you have the right vid if he's wearing an apron made to look like a fishing vest. Worth checking out, whether you choose to use it or not.
  5. Michael v.d.Bogert Active Member

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    Here you see a pic when the fly is wet. 0011.jpg
    Indeed I'm starting from any antron or other fibers I can put my hands on. Just keep a note from where I got it because you never know what the result will be.