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Dubbing Wax Container
By A.K. Best

I like to use dubbing wax but don't like any of the containers. Most of them are designed to stroke the tying thread to make the thread tacky and hold dubbing better. There are a couple of things wrong with this idea. First, you can buy prewaxed thread. Second, by stroking the thread with the wax stick, you always get too much wax on the thread. The result is a very bulky body that is loosely dubbed...Dubbing wax belongs on your thumb and forefinger, period.

So often, someone will invent a great product like dubbing wax and then market it in a container that makes it nearly impossible to use to its fullest advantage. To solve this, I took an empty plastic hook box that measures 2 inches long, 1 1/4 inches wide and 1/2 inch high. I carefully cut off the lid and saved it. Next, I poured melted dubbing wax into it, let it cool to its natural solid state, and attached it to my tying bench with a couple of dabs of Florist's Putty. When I'm ready to tie dry flies or nymphs that require dubbed bodies, I simply remove the lid, place it to one side, and go to work. When not in use, the lid is replaced to prevent dust and clippings from falling onto the clean surface of the wax. Carefully remove all the dubbing wax from the tube it was packaged in and place it in a shallow pan such as a tuna fish can. Place the can on the warmer plate of your coffeemaker and wait for it to liquefy. Then, pour the melted wax into the empty hook box. ~ AK Best

Credits: This tying tip is from Production Fly Flying, Second Edition by A.K. Best, published by Pruett Publishing Company, Boulder, Colorado. We appreciate use permission.

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