These are just a sampling of what is possible using the Rope-dubbing technique. There are so many materials that can be rope-dubbed, and so many looks for each, that it’s not practical to try to show them all.
Each type and style of dubbing rope has to be incorporated into patterns, either of new design, or existing recipes. What’s not possible to see in the photos below, is that the core material varies between thread, monofilament, spectra, bite-tippet, and wire.
No loop or wax is required for Don’s rope-dubbing technique, so there is a great deal of flexibility for the dubbing “noodle”.
What Rope-dubbing IS and What it IS NOT:
I first showed this technique at fly shows when ice-dub appeared, more than a decade ago. Many casual observers have commented that it looked like Mr. Polly Rosborough’s “Fuzzy-nymph” technique. While the techniques do share some similarities, please be assured that the rope-dub is not the same technique as Mr. Rosborough’s. Both techniques produce a dubbing “noodle”, as do many other techniques (that’s the goal), but a dubbing noodle is not the ONLY goal of the Rope-Dubbing methods.
The characteristics of the dubbing noodle are produced by the technique used to create the noodle. This is where my rope-dubbing method is different from Mr. Rosborough’s, as well as other dubbing methods. Polly’s technique spins the thread loop with the dubbing, the opposite of my technique. The advantages of my unique technique are many, as described on the Rope-Dubbing with Don Ordes Video page.
In 2001, I wrote an article that was posted on the Virtual Flybox that was referred to by many. Since that time, I have had the privilege to demonstrate my rope-dubbing method to thousands of tyers at fly fishing and tying shows across the country. Over the years, I developed many variations of the technique originally presented on the VFB.
In answer to the overwhelming requests from tyers who wanted to learn my rope-dubbing methods, or to remember them all, the Rope-Dubbing with Don Ordes DVD was created. I am confident you will find my rope-dubbing techniques will open up your fly tying repertoire, and make creating dubbed bodies exciting.
To read what just a few of the tyers – from novices to experts – have to say about my Rope-Dubbing with Don Ordes DVD, click here. Most are looking forward to DVD #2, which will introduce my Advanced Rope-Dubbing techniques, along with finishing methods for completed fly bodies.
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