Published Feb 7. 2018 - 6 years ago
Updated or edited Feb 7. 2018

DIY dubbing brush maker

Bretislav has a little machine in his collection of fly-tying tools. It was made by his father about 20 years back.

The tool
The tool
Břetislav Kašpar

Let me show you a little machine from my collection of fly-tying tools. It was made by my father about 20 years back. It's for making “Wire dubbing brushes” or sometimes called dubbing knots, dubbing loop.
It allows for the spinning of dubbing between wires, as opposed to the traditional method of using thread. These dubbing brushes have improved strength and will stay spun even when you handle them.
You can make slim brushes for nymphs or woolly buggers, or long-fibre brushes for saltwater and streamer flies.

You need:

  • Pieces of board and wood for the base and groove
  • Brush Motor (from an RC shop or an old toy) approximately 3 volts. It can be a version with gearbox for slower spinning.
  • Batteries
  • On/off switch or push-button switch (can be scavenged from some old toy)
  • 2 stainless steel extension springs

The construction is fairly simple, and can be seen in the video below where you can also see its use.
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