SLF squir­rel spikey dub­bing £3.60

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THIS dub­bing mar­ries soft, translu­cent syn­thetic SLF fi­bres with the spikey guard hairs of nat­u­ral squir­rel. It is sim­i­lar to hare’s ear dub­bing but slightly shorter in fi­bre length and the re­sult is a lovely ‘buggy’ mix that is easy to work with. It can be dubbed di­rectly onto the thread and ropes up with very lit­tle pres­sure from your fingers. If you want to rope it up nice and tight you can do, but to get the best from its spikey char­ac­ter I would go for a looser ap­pli­ca­tion. Wrap it around the hook shank to cre­ate bod­ies and tho­raxes that can then be picked out with a dub­bing nee­dle or Vel­cro teaser to give an en­tic­ing leggy ef­fect. The hair also works well in a split thread or dub­bing loop but you need to pick it apart or fluff it out prior to putting it into the loop. Great for a wide range of nymph pat­terns, but is also suit­able for emerg­ers and dry flies as the SLF fi­bres will take floatant such as Gink well to keep the flies afloat. Avail­able in an ex­ten­sive colour range: black, bleached ginger, brown olive, burnt or­ange, dark brown, dark olive, green olive, golden olive, light olive, nat­u­ral grey, olive and rusty brown. The nat­u­ral grey, one of the colours I had for re­view, is a per­fect sub­sti­tute for dark hare’s ear.

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