Semperfli Quick Dub from £3.50
Tying flies with dubbing on a spool, squirrel hair and a new translucent Fritz
ANYTHING that makes tying flies quicker and easier has got the vote as far as I’m concerned, especially when I am tying a lot of patterns in one sitting. Creating dubbed bodies is certainly one of those time-consuming tasks involving spinning material onto thread or using a dubbing loop technique. So how cool then is dubbing on a spool? Quick Dub is just that, a spooled material comprising of a three-stranded fine synthetic core that has different lengths of fibres trapped all along it, giving a lovely fine dubbing rope. The fibres are very similar to mohair in appearance and are lovely and soft. The rope can be tied in and wrapped around the hook shank in open or close touching turns, depending on the effect you want to achieve. If wrapping in close touching turns and you want plenty of fibres showing make sure you brush them back after each turn. This technique has been used for the body in the Blue-flash Damsel pattern (pictured). If you want a finer body or thorax with fewer fibres showing, keep twisting the Quick Dub as you wrap it onto the hook. This will compress any of the longer fibres and keep them closer to the hook shank. This material is very versatile and can be used across a wide range of patterns whether it be nymphs, dries or wets. I also like the attention to detail that has gone into the colour range which is what I would call ‘imitative’ rather than attractor colours. Quick Dub is available in a Solid and a Glint range. The Glint has a metallic thread running along its length so when you wrap it around the hook shank it actually ribs as you wrap, as in the Klinkhamer (pictured). The Solid range (£3.50 per spool) comes in black mottled, brown, cream, dark green, dark olive, golden olive, grey, light grey, light olive, orange, pale olive, red, sage, shrimp pink, sunburst orange and white. Glint range (£3.75) is available in beige, black, cream, graphite, grey, dark beige, pale olive, red, shrimp pink and white. The spools are also quite handy in that they have a pull-off cap at one end which can be used to trap the loose end of dubbing. And the label at the other end has a cross-cut in the centre so doesn’t need to be peeled off before putting the spool in a bobbin holder.
Quick Dub Glint.
Klinkhamer Hook: Size 12-14 Hanak H390BL Klinkhamer Thread: Veevus GSP 50 denier, white Abdomen: Semperfli Quick Dub Glint, cream Post: Tiemco Aero Dry Wing, pink Thorax: Bronze peacock herl Hackle: Grizzle cock hackle
Blue-flash Damsel Hook: Size 12 Hanak H200BL or standard wet fly hook Thread: Veevus 12/0, black Tail: Light olive marabou overlaid with blue flat tinsel Body: Semperfli Quick Dub Solid, light olive Head: Blue metallic brass or tungsten bead