How to Make a DIY Dubbing Brush Maker

As fly fishermen, we spend hours at the tying bench whipping up everything from dry flies, nymphs, and streamers. Simple nymphs and dry flies can usually be tied in under 10 minutes, but streamers tend to take significantly longer depending on the intricacy and detail. One way to reduce the amount of time spent on streamers is to create a dubbing brush. Dubbing brushes are a combination of blended colored dubbing fibers that are twisted into wire. These brushes are a fast and effective way to give life and add bulk to the body portion of your streamers. Typically, dubbing brushes are made on wooden dubbing brush tables, although other creative options are capable of being exercised. In this tips and tricks video of the week, Bozeman Creative shows us how to create a cheap yet effective DIY dubbing brush table.


Materials Needed:

  • A typical cutting board
  • A binder clip
  • A Cordless Drill
  • Wire snippers
  • Fly tying wire
  • Fly tying materials such as dubbing, flash, wax, etc.

How to Create the Dubbing Brush Table:

  1. Place your cutting board on a flat surface.
  2. Attach your binder clip to the edge of the cutting board and remove the clasp on the bottom of the cutting board while keeping the top clasp attached.Af
  3. Inset the detached clasp into your cordless drill and tighten like a drill bit (this will act as the twisting mechanism to make the brush)
  4. Use the binder clip clasps to attach your wire to when twisting the brush.
  5. After all of your materials are in place, wrap the wire around the drill clasp and begin slowly engaging the drill, twisting the dubbing brush. (Be sure to keep slightly tighter tension while twisting while keeping the drill raised off of the cutting board)
  6. Use wire snippers to cut the dubbing brush free.
  7. You’re all set to start using your brush to tie up so killer streamers!

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