Dubbing Block; Old Dog Learns New Trick

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Re: Dubbing Block; Old Dog Learns New Trick

Post by letumgo » Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:45 am

Agreed. They look like highly effective flies. I would fish those with complete confidence. ;)
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Re: Dubbing Block; Old Dog Learns New Trick

Post by FlyFisherMann1955 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:16 am

I appreciate the feedback and tips. Now, I can choose between spinning bodies with the dubbing block and using the split-thread method.

It's raining here today and too cold to work in the greenhouse/garden. That gave me a chance to tie 2 flies using the muskrat and hare's ear dubbing blend. The hackle is a mix of medium dun hen and partridge. On 1 fly, I added a tag of amber wire for some "flash". Not an exact imitation of any insect, but it should provide a basic tan and gray option to swing through the riffles.
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Re: Dubbing Block; Old Dog Learns New Trick

Post by upstatetrout » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:00 am

Very nice work Ken.

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Re: Dubbing Block; Old Dog Learns New Trick

Post by letumgo » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:18 am

Excellent flies Ken. I especially like the one on the left (the one with the wire tag). That would be the first one I reached for, were they in my fly box. ;)
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Re: Dubbing Block; Old Dog Learns New Trick

Post by FlyFisherMann1955 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:50 am

I know Leisenring used a dubbing block pre-WWII. There is a chapter about Spinning a Body in The Art of Tying The Wet Fly & Fishing The Flymph. Were these introduced by American tyers or copied from British North Country Spider tyers? How far back were dubbing blocks in use?

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