Nifty thorax trick for nymphs
I've been tying a lot of nymphs for an upcoming trip to Colorado and got tired of making lots of dubbing loops and started looking through my tools looking for a good shortcut. I dug up my petitjean magic tool and it hit me that I could use that instead of making a dubbing loop. After I tie in the wing-case, I split the ultra-thread in half, put in my hare's mask using the petitjean magic tool clip, spin the bobbin a few times, and I'm ready to wrap it forward. No extra dubbing loop needed. I think I actually like the way the hare fibers flare out from the thorax more this way too.
I'm sure I'm not the first person ever to do this, but I thought I'd share with you guys. I'll put up a picture of some results later.
Saw what sounds like similar technique for dubbing with loop, maybe in Dave Hughes tying book, but not sure.
After forming a loop, use hackle pliers to spin the dubbing in.
Be interested to hear how your nymphs have done, in either CO or AK.
Border Collies, do you have any pics of the flies you've been tying?
It's a great technique, but it's been around a loooong time. It says good things about your creativity that you came up with it yourself!
Hans Weilenmann uses that technique a lot and calls it "split thread" dubbing. Here is the site where he posts a bunch. Good site. Here is Hans' own site, clearly the biggest collection of patterns and tying videos on the web. Kind of like the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. You fall into that site, and you could spend months before coming back to the surface.
Speaking of dubbing methods here is the most comprehensive coverage I've found anywhere.
Yeah, there's always someone out there figuring and inventing, and it's good for all of us.
Originally Posted by border collies
Speaking of that, a buddy of mine is a custom tyer back East and came up with a neat accessory for split thread. Basically it's a short twisted wire V with a ring at the bottom to slip over the tube of a bobbin, and each point of the V bent a little past 90 degrees and pointed a little. The ring is tight enough for a little friction on the bobbin but loose enough that the whole thing can be slid down on the bobbin where it stays out of the way when not needed. After splitting the thread, he slides the deelly bobber up and uses the two legs of the V to hold the split open, freeing both his hands to do other work rather than mess with the split. Kind of a mini version of some of the looping devices with legs.
It works so well I keep telling him to manufacture and sell. His attitude is "Why? It's so easy to for guys to make their own, I don't even want to go there." His first was made with a hunk of paper clip. He's since cut apart a Mepps spinner and used the stainless shaft to make one. He likes it better because it's stiffer and doesn't get bent out of shape.
Food for thought, and an opportunity for your to "invent" your own.