While these two things may seem mutually exclusive at first blush, Steve McGarthwaite,
(AKA Parnelli) sent me an Email incorporating both of these items.
It is sometimes beneficial to wet or dampen ones fingers when applying dubbing.
Particularly the natural and blended materials.
Natural furs being muskrat, fox, rabbit etc and blended meaning any dubbing containing
both natural and synthetic materials.
As we are all I hope aware many creatures whose fur makes very effective flies are not
necessarily sanitary. There just is no way of telling where the material has been. And
even if it were washed and germ free, I still do not want to chance placing my smell onto
a fly by wetting my fingers with saliva during the tying.
An empty nasal spray bottle, squeezed and held underwater will gently fill with water.
The spray on these bottles is made to atomize the liquid medicine, and will do the same
when it is replaced with water.
Keep it handy on your bench, and as the need arises give a little spray to your fingers, it
just may make some dubbing behave much better for you.
Thank Steve, great tip!
If you have any tips or techniques, send them along, most of this
material has been stolen from somebody, might as well steal your ideas
too! ~ George E. Emanuel
(Chat Room Host Muddler)