Dubbing is material that is wrapped around the thread and usually applied to the fly pattern as a body material. Dry flies generally require a fine textured dubbing while nymph patterns usually utilize a coarser dubbing with guard hairs present. Dubbing materials can be either natural or synthetic. A generalism exists that fur from land animals such as squirrel, rabbit, fox, etc. will sink more readily than water-based animals such as Muskrat, Beaver, Seal, etc. so that land animal fur should be used for nymphs and water-based animals for dry fly dubbing. This statement often does not hold true, particularly since most of the commercial furs have gone through a tanning procedure which has removed most of the natural oils. Some of your best nymphal and dry fly dubbings can come from either source. Pay more attention to the texture and color of the dubbing to suit your purpose. Many vendors supply blended materials with a mutitude of color shades. Natural fine dubbings especially good for dry flies are beaver and muskrat since they have a very fine structure. Hare's Ear and Squirrel make superb nymphal dubbings with their guard hairs present. Rabbit and Angora Goat make excellent leech-type flies since they absorb water and have long undulating fibers.
Small Family-owned company in Monroe, Oregon providing fly tying materials since 1981. One of the largest providers of fly tying materials in the United States.
Hareline Superfine Dubbing
Fine, long synthetic fibers. Dubs easily for fine dry fly bodies. Permanently waterproof. 24 colors: Color Chart
Colors: Adams Gray, Amber, Black, Blue Dun, Blue Wing Olive, Brown, Caddis Green, Callibaetis, Cinnamon Caddis, Dark Tan, Golden Olive, Gray Olive, Henkrickson Pink, Light Cahill, Mahogany Brown, Olive, Olive Brown, Pale Evening Dun, Pale Morning Dun, Pale Yellow, Rusty Brown, Sulphur Orange, Tan, White
All-natural rabbit fur dubbing blend with some guard hairs. Can be used on a wide range of flies, paticularly nymphs. Color Chart
Colors: Black, Yellow, Red, Brown, Green Damsel, Purple, Sand, Orange, Hendrickson Pink, Light Gray, Hot Orange, Chocolate, Olive, Peacock, Insect Green, Stonefly, Rust, Adams Gray, Light Cahill, Ginger, Hendrickson Nymph, Cream, Pale Yellow, Dark Olive, Hares Ear, Dark Hares Ear, Golden Brown, Amber, Olive Brown, Cinnamon Caddis, Rusty Orange, Light Olive, Caddis Green, March Brown, Dark Dun, Olive Dun, Olive Hares Ear.
A blend of Hare's Ear dubbing and Antron. The Antron gives the dubbing a sparkle and translucency. 25 colors available. Excellent for caddis pupa imitations and many nymphs. Color Chart
Colors: Cinnamon Caddis, Lt Olive Brown, Burnt Orange, Light Cahill, Golden Brown, Light Grey, Golden Stone, Caddis Green, Creamy Grey, Seal Brown, Olive Brown, Pale Yellow, Olive, Mck Caddis Green, Ginger, Grey, Dark Dun, Black, Yellow, Pink Shrimp, Dark Brown, Olive Dun, Dark Olive, Pale Olive, Olive Tan, March Brown
A flash dubbing blend of very fine synthetic and pearlescent mylar. Similar to lite brite, it is cut finer and easier to dub. Good for emerger wings. 24 colors available. Color Chart
Colors: Pearl,Pink,Chocolate Brown,UV Tan,Flo. Shell Pink,UV Cinnamon,UV Light Olive,UV Dun,Olive Brown,Rusty Brown,Olive,UV Pearl,UV Brown,Flo. Hot Pink,Hot Yellow,Light Yellow,UV Grey, Peacock,Peacock Black,UV Black,Golden Brown,Caddis Green,Chartreuse,UV Shrimp Pink
Partridge SLF Dubbing
Distributed by Hareline and developed by Davy Wotton as a seal substitute. SLF stands for Synthetic Living Fiber. They also produce the specific blends of certain fly tiers such as Dave Whitlock, Poul Jorgensen. Good on a wide range of sizes from #2 to #18. Color Chart
Colors: Bright Green, Green Highlander, Insect Green, Dark Green, Medium Olive, Dark Olive, Green Olive, Light Olive, Olive Dun, Golden Olive, Brown Olive, Dark Claret, Fiery Claret, Light Claret, Hot Orange, Fiery Orange, Crimson, Fiery Red, Fiery Yellow, Yellow, Light Blue, Kingfisher Blue, Dark Blue, Teal Blue, Magenta, Purple, Violet, Grey, Iron Blue, Blue Dun, Dark Grey Dun, Summer Duck, Gold, Brassy Gold, Fiery Brown, Dark Brown, Rust Brown, Cinnamon, Beige, Ginger, Black, White, Fluorescent Yellow, Fluorescent Red, Fluorescent Orange, Fluorescent Lime Green, Fluorescent Pink, Natural Seal.
Spirit River of Roseburg, Oregon sells many dubbings. Lite Brite and Fine & Dry are probably their most popular brands.
26 colors available. Made of long coarse fibers of shredded mylar that are reflective. Some colors are metallic. Can be blended into other dubbings for nymphs, stoneflies, caddis emergers. Color Chart
Colors:Black, Yellow, Copper, Gold, Pearl Blue, Minnow Blue, Silver, Fire Fox Peacock, Pearl Green/Olive, Pearl Green, Pearl Blue/Olive, Bronze Brown, Ocean Blue, Pearl Blue/Black, Dark Olive, Purple Haze,Burgundy, Polar Pearl, Copper Pearl, Hot Yellow, River Green, Chartreuse, Salmon Pink, Rainbow, Ruby Red, Deep Blue
Fine & Dry
19 colors available. Permanently waterproof. Good for dry flies and emergers. Blend contains very fine poly fibers with antron for highlights and sparkle. Can form very tight, thin bodies down to #28 and colors can be blended.
Colors: Adams Gray, BW Olive, Chartreuse, Chocolate Brown, Dark Olive, Golden Stone, Hendrickson Pink, Hexagenia Tan, Insect Green, Lt Cahill, Cream, Light Olive, Light Tan, March Brown, PM Dun, Rust, Sulfur Yellow, Trico Black, White
Wapsi of Mountain Home, Arkansas is the largest wholesale supplier of Fly tying materials in the world. Their Super Fine Dry Dubbing is an industry standard,
Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing
29 colors available. Permanently waterproof. Very fine synthetic dubbing for small, tight bodies. Can be used on flies in the #24 to #30 range. Particularly usefull for small midge dubbing.
Colors: red midge, damsel blue, amber, black, blue dun, blue wing olive, brown, brown olive, caddis green, Callibaetis, cinnamon caddis, dark tan, chartreuse, golden olive, green drake, grey olive, Pink Hendrickson, mahogany, March Brown, olive, Pale Morning Dun, Pale Evening Dun, pale yellow, rusty brown, sulphur ornage, sulphur yellow, tan, white, Light Cahill
25 colors available. An all-purpose dubbing used mainly for nymphs and wet flies. Rabbit has guards hairs which give it a "buggy" appearance. There are no natural oils to the fur and it does not have the properties of a dry fly dubbing.
Colors: White, Cream, Yellow, Blue Dun, Grey, Tan, Ginger, Brown, Rusty Brown, Red, Light Olive, Caddis Green, Green, Olive, Brown Olive, Purple, Cinnamon Caddis, Black, Pink, Amber, Charcoal Grey, Squirrel Belly, Natural and Dark Olive.
33 colors available. One of the most widely used materials in dubbing blends. Will add sparkle and hold air bubbles giving the fly a natural translucence.
Colors: Fl Fire Orange, Cahill Cream, Medium Olive, Damsel Olive, Peacock Blue, Golden Olive, Highlander Green, Crayfish Orange, Chestnut, Charcoal Grey, March Brown, Light Olive, Shrimp Pink, Deep Purple, Dark Olive, Fl Chartreuse, Bright Yellow, Lt Olive Dun, Black, White, Fl Yellow, Hexagenia, Hare's Ear, Forest Green, Golden Stone, Lt Grey, Rust, Red, Green, Claret, Fl Pink, Fl Yellow, Fl Orange
25 colors available. Angora Goat is used as a seal substitute. Long fibers.
Colors: Black, Camel, Fluo.Orange, Green, Gray, Iron Gray, Dark Brown, Light Cahill, Olive Dun, Olive, Orange, Purple, Rusty Dun, Red, Fire Orange, Rusty Brown, Tan, White, Yellow, Pink, Fluo.Chartreuse, Wine, Lt.Olive
25 colors available.
Colors: Black, Brown, Hot Orange, Tan, Grey, Green, Golden Olive, Copper Brown, Hot White, Silver, Olive, Amber, Hot Chartreuse , Rust, Red, Ginger, Copper, Wine, Hot Gold, Hot Yellow, Hot Fl. Orange, Pink
Seal Sub Dubbing
Jay Fair of Susanville, CA is known for producing high quality products with very good dyeing colorations. Materials sinks rapidly and relects light like real seal. Denny Rickards patterns specify J. Fair's materials.
Colors: Fiery Brown, Fiery Rust, Yellow, Red, Purple, Dark Olive, Iron Blue Dun, Blue Dun, Gray, Burgundy, Medium Olive, Golden Olive, Brown, Olive, Burnt Orange ,Black, Blue, Hot Orange, Dark Brown, Medium Cinnamon , White