Only us geeky wand-waver-fly-tying types will care about this ….
I purchased a dubbing brush maker, which gives me the ability to make my own brushes from a wide variety of materials. Many of these brushes would not even be available to purchase from a fly shop. First, here is a pic of what the machine looks like ….
Here is a sample of what it produces ….
From top to bottom, there are two brushes of EP fiber mixed colors with a little flash, a craft fur brush, and a marabou feather brush.
I’ll keep experimenting with different materials and combinations, but this will allow me to customize colors for certain types of ties. I’ll post some examples later this week from these brushes so you can see what the brushes can do for your tying.
Fishon: yeah, palmering to make bodies -- with the longer fibers you can make minnow bodies, with the shorter fibers you can make crabs, Kwan-style flies. The brushes are made with thin wire to hold the materils in, so they do not unwind.
I'll make some flies with these brushes and post them up later this week.