Nature’s Spirit snowshoe rabbit foot dubbing and Hemingway’s hare dubbing £2.99
IN my opinion you can never have too many natural hare’s ear effect dubbings which are so useful on a whole range of different nymphs, emergers and dry flies. I came across these two products on the Funky Flytying website. The first one is Nature’s Spirit snowshoe rabbit foot dubbing which comes in a mindblowing 25 colours including natural hare’s ear (pictured), caddis green and rusty brown. Some of the shades are achieved by blending several different colours together which produces really interesting results. The dubbing is a blend of rabbit fur and the spikier fur trimmed from the hind feet of a snowshoe rabbit. The staple length is reasonably short and it creates quite a soft dubbing which ropes up really easily around the thread. The long fibres from a snowshoe rabbit’s foot are quite buoyant and are often used as wings on dry flies and emergers. In this blend the fibres have been cut and mixed with ordinary rabbit fur so you won’t be able to rely on its buoyancy to float your pattern. But the dubbing does take floatant very well. Despite its name, Hemingway’s hare’s dubbing (also £2.99) is actually pre-blended rabbit hair! This dubbing contains much longer guard hair fibres than the Nature’s Spirit product, and the ratio of guard hairs to underfur is also greater. The result is a lovely spikey, almost grizzle looking dubbing that is great for both nymphs and dries. It can be dubbed straight to the thread and ropes up fairly easily, and it also works very well in a split thread or dubbing loop technique if you want a much spikier fly body. You can also tease the fibres out to a much greater degree than the snowshoe rabbit dubbing blend. Available in 27 colours, including natural (pictured), cream, pale yellow and light orange.
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Snowshoe rabbit dubbing is soft and ropes up well.
The Hare’s Dubbing is spikey and can easily be teased out.