Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Composite Dubbing Loops -

The next step is to pre­pare your cho­sen ma­te­ri­als for the dub­bing loop. I have made a board on which I can pre­pare my mix of ma­te­ri­als to place in the loop. This is known as a com­pos­ite-loop board. Mine is marked with 1in in­cre­ments so I can pre­pare the de­sired length of ma­te­rial – usu­ally no more than 4in-5in in length. The cen­tre line repli­cates the thread. Start by tak­ing a pinch of dub­bing be­tween thumb and in­dex fin­ger. Now tease it out and restack, roughly lin­ing up the ends. Cut the bunch in half down its cen­tre to re­duce its width, then spread it along the cen­tre line of the com­pos­ite board to form a base layer. Then take some flash, roughly cut it to the length you re­quire and lay it over the dub­bing al­ready put down. The length you cut the flash will de­ter­mine the fi­nal length of hackle. Don’t worry if the ends aren’t lined up as this will give the fin­ished fly a more nat­u­ral look. Re­peat the process again with an­other layer of dub­bing, lay­ing it on top of the flash. Com­press the three lay­ers of ma­te­rial with your fin­gers to knit it to­gether so that it can be picked up and placed in the dub­bing loop.

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