This is the type of dubbing tool I use. There are several designs out there so take a look at them all and find what works for you.

NOTE*Blue thread will be used in this illustration for contrast with thread from previous operations.

Using a dubbing loop is a great way to get a real fuzzy, buggy and ugly look on your flies. It can be used for all kinds of dubbing materials and on many different nymphs. See: Dubbing Stretch for material preparation needed before you make loop.

1) Take a dubbing loop tool ( or anything that will hook thread) and hook thread. Then bring thread behind hook shank.


2) Bring thread over hook toward you and down.


3) Bring thread behind the loop formed by loop tool.


4) Bring thread up and over hook shank. This will catch the base of the loop.

5) Bring thread down behind shank and to toward the hook eye.


6) Tighten thread and wrap thread to hook eye.


7) You now have your completed loop. See: Dubbing Stretch for material preparation needed after you make loop. Insert your fore and middle fingers in loop to open.


8) Insert dubbing.


9) Twist loop tool.


10) Twist till you get a nice tight rope of dubbing.


11) Begin wrapping dubbing rope at wingcase tie-in point.


12) Make sure to cover all of thorax area. Wraps should be side by side with none on top of another.


13) Wrap to hook eye. Here is where we find out if we have too much material or not. It takes a lot of practice till you get just enough to cover thorax area but not so much that you have extra.

14) Tie off while holding loop end up. Be careful to leave a little room at hook eye for wingcase tie down and whip finish. If you don't have enough room, try taking your fingers and pushing thorax material backwards to compress it and get a little more room.


15) Tie off with 5 or 6 wraps.

16) Cut excess.

You are now ready to :

Pull Wingcase Forward and Tie-off


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