Brain out of sync!

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Brain out of sync!

Post by ForumGhillie » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:30 am

Up early on this cloudy, deary, wet, cold, messy-looking morning. Perfect for starting to create dubbing ropes for this coming tying season with my William Anderson Clark dubbing block.

Anyway, after sipping some coffee, I get out Bailey's wax, the dubbing block, hot orange Pearsall's Gossamer silk thread, Bailey's fine purple kids mohair + hare's mask dubbing (pre-cut, washed and blended) and my favorite old wooden ruler to measure the thread. Thread cut to 9" lengths and I shudder cutting the Pearsall's silk thread each time.

After waxing and attaching the thread and spreading the fur I begin to twist by hand. But it isn't working. What the heck? Then I realize I am only holding and twisting one end of the two thread ends. :lol: :lol:

Definitely out of sync after a long summer not tying. Plus, more coffee to kick start my brain!
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Re: Brain out of sync!

Post by letumgo » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:47 am

:lol: :D

What are you planning to tye with these? Looks like they would be useful for an iso imitation.

I know what you mean about cutting up Pearsall’s. That is why I use the method of wrapping it around the block (end-to-end), and use a little tool to grip the end of the strands. It minimizes the length of silk wasted in the process of forming the bodies.
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Re: Brain out of sync!

Post by wsbailey » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:50 am

When I’m watching a fly tying video and the tyer cuts off a long tag of Pearsall’s gossamer or original Chadwick’s 477; it gives me the shivers.
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Re: Brain out of sync!

Post by ForumGhillie » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:07 am

I couldn't do it anymore. So I switched to YLI silk, color #216. Since YLI is readily available and 200 meter spools, I don't even bother measuring the thread. :)

Bill, I think your fine kid mohair is under appreciated by most fly tyers.

Ray, no this is not for ISOs.
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Re: Brain out of sync!

Post by wsbailey » Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:02 pm

I have some really fine baby mohair that is ideal for trout size flies. When I tried to buy more I found the ranch that I bought it from was for sale. I’m very cautious about dyeing it. I bought some other mohair that is very much like seal. I paid $60 for a pound and the rancher wouldn’t sell any more than that. The world of of mohair is more diverse than you would expect.
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Re: Brain out of sync!

Post by redietz » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:41 am

I hate to admit it, but I've started using a dubbing loop on some flies rather than using a dubbing block, simply because it uses less Pearsall's.
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Re: Brain out of sync!

Post by Theroe » Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:11 pm

redietz wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:41 am
I hate to admit it, but I've started using a dubbing loop on some flies rather than using a dubbing block, simply because it uses less Pearsall's.
Bob - you aren't the only one! I only used Pearsalls on the clark block, but as of late I am back to the dubbing loop....and yes, the block uses ALOT more silk....

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