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Help with microfibets.

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Hello all, my dilema is that I really can't seem to get microfibets to look right on dry flies. The flies I'm tying specifically are deer hair comparaduns in sizes 14 and 16. I've tried a couple things like a dubbing ball at the end of the fly, but to no avail. Any help is appreciated!

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Re: Help with microfibets.

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Yes, they are slippery little devils aren't they? Are you putting a thread base on the hook before tying in the fibets? ( this will help to keep them from slipping a little)Once tied in you can split them with the thread. Once you have the fibers tied in bring the thread up on the near side to you of the hook come up through the fibers wrap over and around the far side of the hook bring thread around and over to the far side of the hook and down through the tailing again then up and over. This will take some practice to master, take an evening and tie in just tails watch what you are doing and how the material reacts to how you work the thread. I hope I wrote this in a way it makes some sort of sense and you can get it, it's kind of difficult to explain much better to show.

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Re: Help with microfibets.

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^^^ What he said......

Practicing this is why I get told not to use the cut-off fibbets, but it helps me get a handle on getting them in place correctly.

Posted on: 2013/4/6 20:02
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Re: Help with microfibets.

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There's a better way....

This step by step shows how to split 3 fibbets, but you can do 2 (or more) the same way.

Another way is to leave a long tag of thread at the rear of the fly, and bring that up between the fibbets to split them.

Link to step by step.

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Re: Help with microfibets.

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First couple of times I tried, I was tempted to get out the staple gun and duct tape!

No comments on the qualitiy of my ties for that comment Ed

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Re: Help with microfibets.

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Yes, very good Ed. That method did not come to mind, I've seen that before but have never tried it. Funny how easy it is to get locked into old habits.

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Re: Help with microfibets.

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That's a cool way to do 3 when I do 2 I leave my tag on when I start the thread tie in a pair and pull the tag end between the pair and tie down the the thread n bobbing

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I have started using this method with pretty good results. Just make sure to keep your thread tight once you start wrapping over the waste end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX6SMpf7coo

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Re: Help with microfibets.

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one key no matter what method you use to split the microfibbets is to be sure to keep them on the top of the hook when you tie them in.....if they slide off to the sides and you lock them in then it won't mattter what method you use to split them the tails will be off axis

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I use the same method with the tag end of tying thread. Works and is very easy.

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Re: Help with microfibets.

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zfisher wrote:
Hello all, my dilema is that I really can't seem to get microfibets to look right on dry flies. The flies I'm tying specifically are deer hair comparaduns in sizes 14 and 16. I've tried a couple things like a dubbing ball at the end of the fly, but to no avail. Any help is appreciated!


Don't use microfibets, use cdc instead, a lot easier

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Re: Help with microfibets.

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zfisher wrote:
Hello all, my dilema is that I really can't seem to get microfibets to look right on dry flies. The flies I'm tying specifically are deer hair comparaduns in sizes 14 and 16. I've tried a couple things like a dubbing ball at the end of the fly, but to no avail. Any help is appreciated!


Don't use microfibets, use cdc instead, a lot easier


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Re: Help with microfibets.

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I couldn't agree more with what everyone said, one little trick I found to make them less slippery is to space out my thread turns, it gives the material extra traction if you will to grab on to, really shines when tying on materials such as microfibs.

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Re: Help with microfibets.

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Thanks, that really helped. I think I've got it down more now then I did before, and now they actually look half decent.

Thanks for the responses guys, They've all helped.

Posted on: 2013/4/7 11:07
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Re: Help with microfibets.

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I meant to spread out the wraps on thread base, since I wasn't really clear. It's the first thing I do on slippery materials, works wonders with grip.

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