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Mine never look as good as the pictures but I put a little bees wax on the thread when I an trying to twist the dubbin onto a cord and I think it helps. I am using a chunk of wax that was in my Grandmothers Pedal Singer. I don't know if paraffin would work or not. Hopefully you'll get better advice than mine before long.

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Practice practice practice. If it's a small pattern like a midge or small nymph, I wet my fingers with my tounge. That serves two purposes. ...it makes a great dubbing technique and no one will bum your flies from you. Anything from say 16 or bigger, I use Loon dubbing wax. I try not to over coat the thread, if it's a very tacky wax, your dubbing may look matted. Quite a few commercial tiets I am acquainted with forgo wax for dubbing loops. But I guess if you tie 300 flies a day you have the technique down pat. Darrel, I think parrafin would put a smell on them. Maybe like having gas on your hands....just a thought. Try beeswax.
 

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I wasn't clear Tom is is bees wax actually pressed from pieces of comb after the honey was slung out. I didn't know if paraffin would work for jonathan or not.

I did use paraffin and naphtha on my strike indicators. I melted the wax with the naphtha then soaked the yarn and let it dry. I was skeptical but the naphtha smell wet away in a few days. I do keep them separate from the flies.

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I haven't mastered dubbing yet. I can do it, but not satisfied with my results. I have watched dubbing on youtube. That is a great source for learning. I could be too critical of myself. I need to give it a better try. If I fished mtn streams, or lived in an area with stream trout, I would be sure to learn this much better.
One thing that I have not learned is which dubbing for what use. Which dubbing materials are best for wet and dry flies?
 

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Thanks guys! I actually have a block of beeswax, and a beeswax and tallow candle, maybe I'll give them a try. I think another issue I have is putting too much dubbing in the loop. I end up with a bulky mess, and a lot of waste.
 

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Here's a link which should have about 70 some individual videos and dubbing is on at least two of them. I haven't watch all of these, but only spot-checked a couple. Consequently....I do have some concern about some of the techniques.... but to each his own. It may be helpful.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGHjip1_BoHKHXrIsYtvmeVTJTqf-AarM

The biggest issue I see, watching folks in tying classes, is using way too much dubbing. You can spin or twist a very sparse amount on.... using wet fingers or dubbing wax (just the slightest amout...sorta just "wave" it over the thread) . The tighter you roll it between thumb and finger the better. (only roll in one direction...). If the "rope" is not building enough thickness....just spin some more and make a few more wraps to get a taper or bulk. It's easy to ad more... but hard to remove when you get too much. I like the dubbing loops for bulk in the thorax. And often you want to pick out the fibers with a dubbing teaser or brush to make them fuzzier. And...as was said...the more you dub...the better your results.
 

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I've just started tying. Wetting my fingers with my tongue as previously mentioned has worked great. I've also noticed that using way too much dubbing is super easy to do. I get just enough to make me think it's too little. Then it's plenty.


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The video in Richard's link really helped me out. I figured out what I suspected was the problem was indeed true, I was using way too much material. I needed to halve it, then probably halve it again, and even then maybe thin some more.
 
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