The summer’s high water temperatures are receding and as the water cools down, it’s time to get ready for the fall predator season. Maybe the lines, the wire leaders and the reels need a quick check up and maybe, just maybe, the boxes need a replenish with your favourite flies? Mine did – and still do. I’ve been enjoying tying flies with home made dubbing brushes recently.
Dubbing brushes have a lot of advantages and making them yourself even more. You can customise the brushes to the size of flies you want to tie and fill them with the colours, flash and materials that suits you best.
One of my favourite fly tying materials is Craft Fur and that happens to be just perfect for making dubbing dubbing brushes. I might go over how to make them some other day – for now I’ll stick to describing how I use them for my predator flies.
Wiggle the thread through the brush to tie it off securely. The less fibres you catch in this process, the better the brush is tied in. After the brush is cut off, cover the end with a few loose turns of thread and then a few tight turns to cover the sharp end of the wire. Stroke back any unruly fibres pointing forwards and tidy up.
The fly is not particularly time consuming, but of course the dubbing brush also takes a little while to make. Make it long enough and you can easily tie 3 or 4 flies from one brush. This style of fly is very, very mobile in the water and by adjusting how close you place the turns of the dubbing brush, you can adjust the bulk and volume of the fly as well.
Fly pattern: Tube: Pro Sportfisher Predator tube. Tail: White buck tail w/ flash. Wing: Wild Olive Slinky Fiber w/ flash. Belly: Rattle and chartreuse Polar Chenille. Front: White/chartreuse dubbing brush with flash. Over wing: Chartreuse, grizzle saddle feathers. Eyes: Pro Predator Eyes. Head: Pro Sportfisher Predator cone head.