Posts Tagged ‘dubbing


Deer Damsel Fly Pattern

The Deer Damsel: I spun/dubbed a thorax collar of deer hair to represent legs. The rest of the pattern is the more traditional materials: stacked marabou tail and dubbed abdomen of hare’s ear with guard hairs.


Your Underwire is Showing………………..

Well, I know it doesn’t make perfect sense. But, it was the first thing that came to mind and then I dissected the realities of the underwire showing. Let’s forget that part.

underwire swittersbHere the flash bounces off the bead head, the hook’s bend and the wire ribbing around the pupa’s abdomen…hence the ‘underwire’ reference. Wire ribbing is used to do a couple of things: secure materials to the hook and make them more durable; add some weight; add segmentation and sometimes provide a degree of flash with the right lighting situation.

The light’s glint off the bead head, the sparkle dubbing in the thorax, the movement of a Starling hackle fiber in the wing or perhaps that segmented wire wrapping might trigger a follow and take.


Brushed Leech Pattern: Dubbed & Brushed Out

I started tying this leech pattern back in 2008 after seeing renowned B.C. stillwater angler Brian Chan demonstrating the pattern. I highlighted the pattern in 2008 and then again in 2009 on SwittersB.

I have started tying up more of the pattern for next year. I was down to less than a dozen of the flies. They are a good pattern for lakes and rivers, fished like a streamer pattern. A dubbing brush of longer synthetic fibers can be spun and dubbed, then wrapped around the shank and brushed backward. Also, strands of the dubbing fibers can be tied in, starting at the bend and additional clumps tied in progressing up the shank toward the eye of the hook. Each clump of strands tied in is brushed back over the previous clump of strands…smaller amounts at the rear and larger clumps toward the front.

Brush Leech Collage


Fly Tying: Simple BH Caddis Pupa

This is a very simple Bead Head (BH) Caddis Pupa pattern to tie and quite effective tumbled through a riffle. It has had some success on lakes, but less so. The green sparkle braid gives a nice translucent look to the abdomen. I have used the bright green and the tan with good success. A small piece of braid tied in and burned off at the end…a small noodle of dubbing spun onto the thread and then wrapped one to two times behind a tungsten bead. The hook this time is a size 16 curved shank pupa hook. This is a perfect beginner’s pattern for Caddis Pupa. 

Green Pupa Sparkle braid SB


Fly Tying Tradition: Simple Lil’ Pupa’s

This is my rationalization and I’m sticking to it: each Winter as I begin to work back into tying (I’m a foul weather tier), I seem to gravitate to an easy to tie, pleasant to tie Pupa/Wet type pattern. The pattern usually incorporates a the ubiquitous bead, a dubbed thorax, a simple abdomen and that pleasing pupa, curved shank hook (16-18). Couple the ease in tying with the proven success that they never fail to catch fish and I just return to them. A little nagging voice persists at some point that I really should perfect those dry flies. But, I don’t hear that voice now so off I go into Bead Head Pupa land!

Red Bead Z tag SB

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Green Bead Tag 16 SBCopper Bead Tag 18 SB


Fly Tying: Dubbed Thorax

Dubbing and Bead SB

A size 14 pupa hook has an abdomen of dyed peacock herl. I blended hare’s ear and chopped up synthetic flash material into a fine blend and used it to form a dubbing noodle to wrap around the thorax area…right behind a multi-colored bead (blue, red, green).


A Caddis Pattern for Busy Waters


Nothing delicate about this fly. Tied on a size 10 sprout style hook, size 8/0 black thread helps bind the Caddis Green vinyl V-Rib in first (at the rear like the typical ribbing material). Then an abdomen was dubbed of hare’s ear, spikes and all. The V-Rib was wound close together at the beginning and then spaced apart like normal ribbing up over the rabbit dubbing. The Teal feather was tied in tip first and wrapped around the shank about two times so that the tips of the barbs don’t extend much past the rear of the hook. The tie off points for the dubbing, ribbing and feather were covered with a few turns of the same hare’s ear dubbing. A simple thread head finished the fly off. 

A pattern to be swung through riffles and busy currents more than plopped upon the surface.


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