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Old 09-18-2010, 06:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've never used dubbing wax. Sometimes I've used saliva, especially for a natural material like beaver, and with some of the synthetics I've just used chapstick as a substitute for wax. Do you guys always tie with wax or not? Do some of you vary it depending on the fly or material?
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Old 09-18-2010, 08:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've never seen a reason for it, I think it's like horse hair fly line --- out-dated --- just keep tying
Now I have to ask what the effects are of chapstick (petro) on the fish
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Old 09-18-2010, 01:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There are some dubbing techniques that really need wax, outside of those it's just personal preference.
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My fingers are dry and it is tough to get friction on the dubbing for me... I put just a little on my fingers for grip... will use chapstick or nose grease if necessary.
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hm... I use wax - stickier the better, IMO. Though, I do 'spin' dubbing on my Nor-Vise, where you use the twist of the thread to pick up the dubbing. I used to get really frustrated using coarser, synthetic dubbing like ice dub- lots of wax, bad results, big mess, until I had a aha moment and tried dubbing some Hare-Tron or rabbit dubbing to create a little 'base' to which the coarse synthetic would stick to. I currently have some of the white Wapsi stuff in the orange tube that works pretty well.
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I've never seen a reason for it, I think it's like horse hair fly line --- out-dated --- just keep tying
Now I have to ask what the effects are of chapstick (petro) on the fish
I hadn't thought about that- thanks, 720. Oyey's suggestion of the nose grease oughta take care of that. I've got that in spades and my 6 year old will be lobbying me to be a supplier, too.
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:42 AM   #7 (permalink)
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heck not sure if the chapstick DOES have an effect. We should ask if GEEK uses any lip gloss on those show guppies, maybe some blush on the cheek's, I can see the the catty little beaches powdering their noses
brings a new meaning to a cutthroat competition --- how many of the fish that can't make the cut, a dream of the run way, cursed to be a flash in the pan, sad life of the show fish
Hey GEEK do they have to wear a leash, dress um up with some bling around the neck
sorry man the subject just keeps me smiling from ear to ear
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For the most part I'm not using dubbing wax. I bust it out when I'm doing some touch dubbing with a more natural hair dubbing and spin the thread to keep it on. This technique makes for some super spiky collars that look quite buggy. The other time I use it is with some types of dubbing that tend to be difficult, like ice dub or something like that.
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:31 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Have you tried a glue stick? It only costs a dollar and it will last for thousands of flies and it works with every kind of dubbing on the market. The only downfall is that it takes about 3 days to dry because it's under all that dubbing.
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