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Dubbing Loop, Basics
By Steven H. McGarthwaite

The Dubbing Loop, is a simple technique for building bulk in the thorax area of the fly. Yet most fly tiers are missing out on all that can be done with the Dubbing Loop. The possibilities are endless. This is one area a person can really think "Outside the Box."

First I want to introduce two terms I will be using.

Gossamer: (noun) 1. a fine cobweb or a thin thread from one. 2. a very thin, delicate cloth. (adj.) light as a cobweb [gossamer wings].

Dubbing Spinner: Tool used to create a Dubbing Loop. Used to help spin thread. You can make a Dubbing Spinner from a heavy duty paper clip and a bullet shaped split weight. You can also purchase a Dubbing Spinner at any Fly Shop.

1. Pull out about 6-to-8 inches of thread, towards you from the hook.

2. Apply Dubbing Wax to thread, starting at the hook, sliding the wax applicator towards you.

3. Using the index finger of your left hand (if you are right handed), double the thread back over the shank of the hook.

4. Wrap the thread around the hook, 2-to-3 rotations, and then swing the thread over the dubbing loop once. Then wrap the thread forward to just behind the eye of the hook.

5. Now pull a thin gossamer of dubbing, placing it across interior of the dubbing loop, as close to the hook shank as possible. Continue adding gossamer of dubbing to interior of loop, until you have enough for wrapping the abdomen.

6. Pinching both threads, between the fingers of your right hand. Insert Dubbing Spinner (special tool) to the end of the loop. Spin the thread behind your where your fingers are pinching the thread. Once the thread is spun tightly. Release your fingers from the thread.

7. Here is the thread with spun and secured dubbing.

8. Now you wrap this spun dubbing forward and secure at the eye of the hook.

That is all there is to it and you have a thicker, bulkier body on the fly. Just so you don't have the ask, the red fingernails are NOT mine, they belong to my assistant for this section, my daughter, Amanda L. McGarthwaite.

Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the Bulletin Board, on FAOL too.

If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along. Someone else thought up most of this material before we did, they just forgot to tell anyone about it. Or else we just forgot about it, while learning something else. Let us share with each other, all the things we know! ~ Steven H. McGarthwaite (Chat Room AKA Parnelli)

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