Its not often that I recommend tools but every now and again you come across one thats just worth knowing about.
Over the years I have accumulated a good deal of fly tying tools, some bought and many received as gifts or for testing. These cover everything from the most essential tools, to the down right ridiculous. I also have some treasured tools that I wouldn’t part with for anything, hand made gems from friends and fellow fly tyers. So its nice to find a simple inexpensive tool, that I can highly recommend, that is specially designed for the fly tyer without any bling appeal and actually does what it is supposed to.
At one end, a little moulded plastic comb and at the other a dubbing teaser, from the Italian company ‘STONFO’ and it really works.
The teeth in the comb are perfectly spaced for cleaning deer hair. Many combs have teeth placed too close together, which essentially pull out much more hair, than is wished or intended, or they are too wide apart and remove only the underfur and not the shorter hairs.
The comb also has a nifty little curved edge, which, very importantly reduces the amount of hair that can be combed with one stroke. Too large a comb will capture too much hair with one stroke and the friction and tension from this will also remove the best and longest hair which you wish to retain.
The dubbing teaser end is essentially just a small amount of Velcro attached to paddle shaped spoon. Most of us have used or use Velcro for teasing out dubbing to make it more spiky or buggy, but again here, I would like to think that this has been given thought and designed correctly, and that they have just not been lucky with it! The paddle shape enables you to use the narrow end if only a little teasing is required or the broader end of the paddle for larger bodies and flies.
Also unlike a metal or wood handled teaser, the moulded plastic handle is forgiving, allowing only a certain amount of applied pressure when used before it bends. This allows perfect and precise dubbing teasing!