The single-strand method is well suited for tying the bodies of flies using dubbing that adheres easily to the thread. Dubbing that is course and has considerable of guard hais is somewhat difficult to dub using this method. This technique is good in that it allows the tier to dub exactly the correct amount of tying thread with just the quantity of fur needed.
The "dubbing loop" method can be used to dub any type of fly, but is especially effective when tying in material that does not adhere to threads easily; is a coarse material (such as squirrel hair); or is a rough material such as those that contain a lot of guard hairs.
It is important ot remember when dubbing by the loop technique is the direction in which you twist the thread loop to form the dubbing strand. If you are right-handed, you must twist the two strands together in the counter clockwise direction. Twisting in the wrong direction will cause the loop to unwind as you wrap the body of the fly.
Although a "dubbing loop" can be formed without a tool, it is a lot easier if some type of tool made especially for this process is used.
Although there are may shades, colors, textures and types of dubbing materials available commerically, anglers still like to blend dubbing to get that exact color desired.
Many anglers like to mix or "blend" their own dubbing in order to get the more complex coloration as very few solid colors are found in nature.
There are four simple ways of mixing furs or blend furs:
Finger Blending is a very simple method of preparing a small amount of dubbing for a small number of ties. Pile the percent of each color of dubbing desired into a stack. Pull small bunches of dubbing from the stack and place it on top of the stack. Continue to pull small amounts of dubbing and place it on top of the stack until the desired color or consistency is obtained.
Hold two or more colors of dubbing together and spin them onto the thread as though they were one. This is a very easy technique that can be mastered quickly. Thread color can influence the final dubbing when it becomes wet. Be conscious of this change when selecting the final color.
An electric top-bladed blender used to grind coffee beans and nuts can be used for dry mixing dubbing. This technique is a good way to mix a larger quantity of dubbing. There are a few things to consider when blending dubbing using this technique: