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|Posted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 4:59 pm Post subject: Hackle and Dubbing
|Hackle and Dubbing - by Alan Bithell
Tie the hackle back from the eye then put a spot of dubbing in front of it.
- Start the thread about one eye width back from the eye. Run down the hook shank and tie in the tail.as you are working back toward the bend.
- Start the dubbed body at the furthest point your thread goes toward the bend. (The body should not go round the bend. normally)
- Take the dubbing forward 2/3 s of the way TO THE POINT YOU STARTED THE THREAD. Not to the eye.
- Prepare a hackle by trimming like this.
The way to make the cuts is, hold the good side of the feather toward you and the point to your left. Cut away the fibers along the bottom the same length as the exposed thread on the hook shank. Cut up the top twice as far as the bottom.
- Lash the hackle in place with touching turns of thread along the length of the exposed thread. The feather should be tied in in the same attitude as you trimmed it a moment ago.If you can manage to get it just below the hook shank then all the better.
- Your thread is now hanging from the point where you started it right back at the beginning. Wind the hackle to this point in touching turns.
- Tie off the hackle with two or three wraps of thread.
- Lick your index finger and rub it against your thumb. You will feel it soon goes sticky. Get ready to form a whip finish. Draw your finger and thumb back over the eye of the hook until you can see the clear section of hook shank behind the eye. You will have pulled the hackle back out of the way.
- Drop your whip finish on the exposed hook shank. Put a drop of head cement on the whip finish.
- Now if you really want to be flash take a tiny pinch of the body dubbing. No less, Less. Less. LESS! and dub onto the thread.
- Form a second whip finish using the dubbed length of thread.
This is not the only way to do it but it works for me. It is worth a try.
In the photos I have used Fl. Fire Orange thread to help you see what is happening. If I have done it right you will not be able to see the thread at all.
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