Formulaic Dubbing Twister

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by ScottP, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    I love those motorized dubbing brush makers and really appreciate some of the great effects that can be created with them.
    Unfortunately, I rarely have a need for anything that substantial, meeting most of my requirements just using the split-thread method, letting the bobbin do double-duty as the dubbing twister. When I do need a full blown dubbing loop, I found a cool little gadget that, with a few small modifications, does a great job - a battery powered baby formula mixer.

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    I cut off the end of the plastic wand and inserted a de-barbed, dulled-down Tiemco 200 hook (broke the eye off) into a pre-drilled hole with a little epoxy

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    quick demo (just used some rabbit dubbing here; you can use other materials to make some interesting effects)

    create loop and insert dubbing

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    insert hook in the end of the loop

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    a couple quick blips (not sure of the rpms but it spins pretty quickly) and it's tight

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    take your favorite dubbing teaser (a velcro'd popsicle stick works great) and rough it up a bit

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    wrap the body, tie off and rough it up a little more as needed

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    The mixer set me back about $6 and 15 minutes to put it together; you can find them at any of those baby superstores.


    Regards,
    Scott
     
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  2. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    That's an interesting way of doing it.
     
  3. Tacoma Red

    Tacoma Red Active Member

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    That's a great idea! I've also been using an older cordless, rechargeable screwdriver with a dowl rod insert that I've placed a hook at the other hook. It's variable speed and goes slow enough for nice and easy control.
     
  4. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    Nice i could see that coming in handy when making ep brushes or twisting lots of lengths of wire together in advance. I tend to do a lot of flies with twisted wire as the body.
    Though according to the multiverse theory, there is probably already a dimension where the shamwow guy sells that product via infomercial on flyfishing only tv. Unfortunately he still beats up hookers in said dimension.
     
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