The aim of this blog is to connect fly-tyers all over the world, to share, techniques, patterns, information and knowledge.

Making a deer hair dubbing loop.

Recently I have had many questions regarding spinning deer hair and the best method of attaining a even open fibered body for deer hair flies. I use this technique on patterns such as G&H Sedge. The other technique is for making cork like bodies from deer hair. Once mastered these techniques can be applied to many patterns.

1The material used here is deer hair, select your material and prepare it so that all the fibres are straight. Attach your paper clip to the tips of the fibres.  You determin the length of the fibre you would like at this stage.

1
The material used here is deer hair, select your material and prepare it so that all the fibers are straight. Attach your paper clip to the tips of the fibers. You determine the length of the fibre you would like at this stage.

2Carefully cut along the edge of the clip leaving only a couple of mm in front of the jaws.  If you have more than this you will find that the spinning will be difficult and the material will fall out when used.

2
Carefully cut along the edge of the clip leaving only a couple of mm in front of the jaws. If you have more than this you will find that the spinning will be difficult and the material will fall out when used.

3Make a loop of tying thread at the rear of the area to be dubbed.  Be sure that the two strands of thread closest to the hook shank are tight together, ( Not open or the material placed between them will fall out ) this can be done by taking a turn or two of tying thread around the loop base pulling them together.

3
Make a loop of tying thread at the rear of the area to be dubbed. Be sure that the two strands of thread closest to the hook shank are tight together, ( Not open or the material placed between them will fall out ) this can be done by taking a turn or two of tying thread around the loop base pulling them together.

"4Hang

5Place the cut end of the material in between the two strands of the loop.

5
Place the cut end of the material in between the two strands of the loop.

6Now carefully open the jaws of the paper clip and remove it, letting the weight of the dubbing spinner hold the strands together trapping the material, and stopping it from falling out. Now you can carefully adjust the hair by sliding it up or down to distribute it evenly within the loop.

6
Now carefully open the jaws of the paper clip and remove it, letting the weight of the dubbing spinner hold the strands together trapping the material, and stopping it from falling out. Now you can carefully adjust the hair by sliding it up or down to distribute it evenly within the loop.

8You can now begin to wind the dubbing onto the hook shank just like a conventional feather hackle, combing the fibres back with each turn.

8
You can now begin to wind the dubbing onto the hook shank just like a conventional feather hackle, combing the fibers back with each turn.
8Repeat the process until the body is completed.

9
Repeat the process until the body is completed.

10For trimming the spun deer hair body, I find it best to use long straight serrated scissors for a more even finish.

10
For trimming the spun deer hair body, I find it best to use long straight serrated scissors for a more even finish.

11Start to trim the body on top of the hook shank from the rear and try and make each cut go the whole length of the body.

11
Start to trim the body on top of the hook shank from the rear and try and make each cut go the whole length of the body.

12The more even and singular  each cut, the more even the body!

12
The more even and singular each cut, the more even the body!

13Continue trimming around the whole body of the fly until the requiered resuls are achieved.

13
Continue trimming around the whole body of the fly until the required results are achieved.

14This is another technique if you would like a very tight spun body. As you cover  the hook shank with spun deer hair using a finger and thumb at the rear of the hair and at the front push and twist your right hand to pack the hair tight together.

14
This is another technique if you would like a very tight spun body. As you cover the hook shank with spun deer hair using a finger and thumb at the rear of the hair and at the front push and twist your right hand to pack the hair tight together.

15Once the body is finished brush out all the fibers with an old tooth brush before you start trimming. This is very important!

15
Once the body is finished brush out all the fibers with an old tooth brush before you start trimming. This is very important!

16Trim your body roughly to the correct size.

16
Trim your body roughly to the correct size.

17Now using a gas lighter, petrol lighters and candels give off too much soot. Carefully burn the surface of the hair body. Taking care not to set it on fire!

17
Now using a gas lighter, petrol lighters and candles give off too much soot. Carefully burn the surface of the hair body. Taking care not to set it on fire!

18The singeing of the hair will tighten the packing and coaterize the tips making it tight and even. Brush off the soot with a tooth brush.

18
The singeing of the hair will tighten the packing and cauterize the tips making it tight and even. Brush off the soot with a tooth brush.

19The result is a almost cork like body of perfect spun deer hair with a smooth even finish. That also floats like a cork!

19
The result is a almost cork like body of perfect spun deer hair with a smooth even finish. That also floats like a cork!

This is another trick for whip finishing large deer hair flies. If you have problems getting in to the hook eye to whip finish, before starting tying cut the end off a rubber washing up glove and make a hole in the finger tip with a dubbing needle. Place the glove finger tip over the bobbin as shown.

This is another trick for whip finishing large deer hair flies. If you have problems getting in to the hook eye to whip finish, before starting tying cut the end off a rubber washing up glove and make a hole in the finger tip with a dubbing needle. Place the glove finger tip over the bobbin as shown.

Once you have finished your fly the bobbin and finger tip are as shown.

Once you have finished your fly the bobbin and finger tip are as shown.

Now for a easy trouble free whip finish just slide the finger tip over the hook and deer hair. Remove the tip after you have whip finished and removed your tying thread.

Now for a easy trouble free whip finish just slide the finger tip over the hook and deer hair. Remove the tip after you have whip finished and removed your tying thread.

10 responses

  1. Nice clamps Barry 😉

    January 18, 2013 at 8:31 pm

  2. another awesome tutorial, Barry. thanks !

    January 19, 2013 at 7:53 pm

  3. Pingback: Tippets: Fly Fishing Sleuth, South Carolina Fish Kill, Tips for Deer Hair Dubbing Loops | MidCurrent

  4. Pingback: The Fly Fishing Daily – First Casts 01.23.13

  5. Rich Rellihen

    As a beginner, this is really fascinating seeing how things are constructed. Thanks

    January 29, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    • Thanks Rich, Its good to get a little response. I will be posting more tutorials soon.

      Thanks
      Barry

      January 30, 2013 at 8:38 am

  6. Reblogged this on Gin Clear and commented:
    Great techniques and tips for working with deer hair!

    January 30, 2013 at 6:18 am

  7. Chris

    Brilliant I loved the rubber glove!

    February 21, 2013 at 6:23 am

  8. stan kay

    that is a great way to spin deer hair,cant wait to try it. Reservoirman

    March 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm

  9. Your article Making a deer hair dubbing loop. | thefeatherbender write very well, thank you share

    May 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s