Cat Hair Dubbin’…


Native Oregonian…1846
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After I brush my avatar, I get this soft rabbit-like under fur with spikey squirrel-like guard hairs.
Can’t wait to get enough, to dub a few cat hair nymphs or some collars on other flies.
Anyone else (fly tyers) eye the cat differently while sitting at the tying bench?
One of my first consistently successful ties when I was around thirteen years old, was the Chalk fly. It was tied on a #12 Eagle Claw Baitholder, a maggot shaped body built up with white thread from my mom's sewing kit ( sort of like the old Ted Fay Bombers ) and a tail made from our cat Chalky's combed fur. The body was over coated with clear nail polish also ala my mom's stash. Worked wonders on small creek trout and warmwater panfish. Could easily do the same thing today with a hank of white rabbit fur from a Zonker strip.


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The original, and experimental, Trude caddis dry fly was said to be made with dog hair from the ranch dog at the time. It was more or less a pattern tied as a joke because it did use dog hair for a wing but when it worked, those staying at the ranch decided it might be more practical to use white calves tail fibers instead of ranch dog hair fibers.


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I tied a few flies with my last dogs hair, he was a Keeshond, named Cody so I had a Cody Bugger! Also used some hair from my friends brindle Greyhound and called it a Hair of the Dogs Ear! Not sure if I still have any left or not, but will look!


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My mother always wondered why her feather dusters always seemed to get so prematurely sparse. As a broke 10 year old flytier pretty much any object with feathers was fair game, though 60 years ago I knew nothing of dubbing or hair flies, so our household critters weren't brushed bald.