Post by flyfisherguy on Aug 19, 2012 11:21:41 GMT -5
I normally just tie very simple bluegill patterns, but I am starting to make a few drys. I've got a nice grizzly cape and some tail material, but I don't have a lot of dubbing. I'm thinking of getting a dispenser box with a dozen colors, but what style would be best? I tie mainly for bluegill, but I might be using these flies for trout also. I've worked with some super-smooth poly dubbing, and it's nice. Also, I know that they have reflective kinds, how good do those work? Thanks for the advice!
Super-Fine is a nice dubbing to use for dries. I also like naturals like muskrat and hare.
With the grizzly cape an adams gray would be good. Get a brown cape or saddle, and the adams gray dubbing, you'll have everything for an Adams. The most versatile mayfly you can tie.
Last Edit: Aug 19, 2012 19:30:46 GMT -5 by rstaight
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I got a box of super fine that had about twelve colors in it and I've tied LOTS of flies with it. That was when I was about ten years old... That was eighteen years ago! The stuff goes a long way! It works great and I'd highly recommend it!
Bluegill and bass like flash trout not so much. I have learned from trout fishing out here in Colorado to keep with natural colors. A little flash goes a long way with trout flies, use any flashy dubbing very very sparingly. Keep your contrasts more natural as well such as, tan on top of a dull yellow, or light gray or Creom on top of white. I was just tying up hoppers (very hot out here this time of year) using light tan foam for the bodies with an elk hair wing and a dull yellow mixed with cream dub for the under belly. I bought a dubbing kit some time back and it has served me well over the years.