A Dubbing Loop can be used to dub a feather. This is
a nice variation on most fly patterns (dry, wet, nymph,
ect). This will create a look where the feather hackle
will lay it every direction, instead of just perpendicular
to the hook shank. I especially like using this style
on Woolly Bugger patterns.
1. Tie in the Feather at the point you wish to start.
2. Spread the feather's hackle by holding by tip and
sliding finger down to base of feather.
3. Wax enough thread to form the Dubbing Loop. Pull
the feather around the back of the hook and into the middle
of the Dubbing Loop.
4. Pinch the Dubbing Loop and feather, making sure that
the stem of the feather is aligned with Dubbing Loop thread.
Use Dubbing Spinner to wind it all together.
5. After the feather and Dubbing Loop has been spun,
clear any tangled hackle.
6. Now rib the spun Dubbing forward to just behind the
eye of hook. Wrap with thread couple of times, half-hitch
to secure ribbed dubbing.
Here is the Egg Sucking Leach, using the hook seen above and
the Dubbed Feather.
Hook: Streamer style 4X.
Thread: 3/0 Black Mono Cord
Tail: (3) Furnace Feathers.
Ribbing: (1) Furnace Feather.
Body: Black Chenille
Head: Orange Floss (Whip-Finished).
Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the
Bulletin Board, on FAOL too.
If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along.
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