Handy Tying Tool

#1
Here is a handy and easy to make dubbing teaser, fur/hair brush or what have you. Works good on dubbing, rabbit hair, arctic fox etc. Not my idea - I think I got it from watching Davie McPhail. Many of you are probably familiar with it already but perhaps there are few who are new to tying and might not.

It is just 5/8 inch Velcro (just the hook part) glued to both sides of a stick. I make some narrower ones by trimming the Velcro to 1/2 inch. One could go even narrower for small flies. The Velcro can be bought by the foot in Joann's Fabric stores.
Jack
An afterthought: the velcro also works well for brushing/combing hackles back on wet flies. I often use it on on the schlappen on steehead flies
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#4
There is a velcro product that is self-adhesive. It works very well if you allow it to set up for eight hours or so. I used it in my science units when I was teaching. It comes in diffefent size sheets and strips and can be cut with scissors and applied. Pretty easy to work with.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#5
Many years ago I sold a tip to Sports Afield (before it folded). I attached a small piece of the hook side of a self adhesive strip of Velcro around the handle shaft of my bodkin to use for teasing out dubbing.

This way, you have a double duty tool. A bodkin and a teaser in one.

I notice that Spirit River now sells that exact design of bodkin.

Other dubbing teasers: electric shaver cleaning brush, gun barrel metallic cleaning brush
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#7
No.... it was long, long ago in the original Sports Afield. It was in the Almanac section by Frank Golad. I provided him with dozens of tips over the years.

It's a shame Sports Afield went belly up. It was the oldest and most classy of all the outdoor publications.
 
#8
No.... it was long, long ago in the original Sports Afield. It was in the Almanac section by Frank Golad. I provided him with dozens of tips over the years.

It's a shame Sports Afield went belly up. It was the oldest and most classy of all the outdoor publications.
Was it "Sports Afield" that had "Taps Tips" or was it "Field&Stream" or "Outdoor Life"? I also remember Ted Trueblood's column but forget which mag.
jack
 

dogsnfish

Active Member
#11
I use a 22 caliber bore cleaning brush. Cheap and lasts forever. I have one in my fishing vest for on the stream work.

That is what I use. I have dozens as I was once serious about shooting and reloading. A shoulder injury changed that and led me to "retraining" much of that equipment for tying, fishing, and rod building. Wasatch even has these with a very nice wood handle! Gene, the instructor for my very first fly tying class about 20 years ago gave bodkins with the velcro attached just as you describe. They were part of our fly tying kits for the course, along with the classic Thompson vise. He must have read your tip!