The Fantasy Fly Company

'Rope Dubbed Flies' from the Fantasy Fly Company

The photos below are just a sampling of what is possible using the 'Rope-dubbing' technique. There are so many materials that can be rope-dubbed and then so many looks for each that it's not practical to try to show them all. Then, 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. There is no loop or wax required for rope-dubbing, so there is a great deal of flexibility for the dubbing 'noodle'. (See paragraph below photos)

Rope-dubbed Tri-color Stonefly
Rope-dubbed Tri-color Stonefly (bottom)

Roped Hare's Ear Bodies
Rope-dubbed Hare's Ear

Rope-dubbed Winger Adams
Rope-dubbed Winger Adams

Rope-dubbed Badger Fur
Rope-dubbed Badger Fur

Rope-dubbed Badger Bodies
Badger Variations

Badger Stone
Rope-dubbed Badger Stone

Badger Soft-hackle
Rope-dubbed badger soft-hackle

Roped 'touch-dub' Style
Touch-style rope dubbing

Rope-dubbed Flashabou
Bob Haering's 'Dubbing from Hell' flies

Larger Adams roped
Rope-dubbed Winger Adams- Ginger

Black Sable Stonefly
Rope-dubbed black sable

Green caddis
Green caddis pupa

Brown caddis
Finished caddis pupa wet fly

Crazy Charlie
Rope-dubbed Crazy Charlie Flats-fly- Ginger

Cranefly larva
Rope-dubbed cranefly larva

Extended body Damselfly with blue flashabou

Brown parachute emerger
Roped emerger parachute dry fly

Blonde Winger Adams
Rope-dubbed Winger Adams- Blonde

Ice-dub thorax dry
Roped Ice-dub dry emerger

Dry caddis
Roped dry attractor with hackles roped in

Marabou Mayfly
Roped MArabou Mayfly

Mole hair grub
Roped mole-hair grub

Mr. Peabody
Roped peacock soft-hackle

Peacock Dragon
Dragon Nymph-peacock extended body

Peacock Housefly

Peacock Half-back
Roped Halfback Nymph

Ice-dub shrimp
ice-dub pink shrimp

Roped Aftershaft Wet Fly
roped after-shaft wet fly

Rope-dubbed 14/0 Mayfly
roped 14/0 mayfly

Roped Midge Adams
Roped Midge Adams

Sow-bug scud
ice-dub scud

Rope-dubbed seal
roped seal

Brown Wet & Dry Emerger
Brown Emerger

Bloody Scud
Scud 1

Bloody Scud 2
Scud 2

Bloody Scud 3
roped seal

Box of Scuds
Box of Scuds

Flies in Sunlight

Masterbrite Flies

Ropedub Samples
Ropedub Samples

Ropedub #1
Ropedub 1

Ropedub #2
Ropedub 2

Ropedub #3
Ropedub 3

Ropedub #4
Ropedub 4

Dry and Wet Stoneflies
Wet and Dry Stoneflies

Lamb's Wool Various
Lamb's Wool Various

Rope-dubbed Miller
Rope-dubbed Miller

Gap-wrap Soft Hackle
Gap Wrap Soft Hackle

Green Caddis Dry
DonO Green Caddis Dry

Orange Rope-dubbed Scud
Orange Rope-dubbed Scud

Rope-dubbed Flash Worm
Rope-dubbed Flash Worm

Rope-dubbed Furled Rock Worm
Rope-dubbed Furled Rock Worm

What Rope-dubbing IS and What it IS NOT:

Since I first showed this technique at fly shows when ice-dub first appeared a decade ago, many casual observers have commented that it was, or looked like, Mr. Polly Rosborough's 'Fuzzy-nymph' technique. While these techniques do share some similarities, please be assured that the rope-dub is not the same technique at all as Mr. Rosborough's. Both techniques produce a dubbing 'noodle', as do many other techniques (as that is what the goal is), 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, and this is where my 'Rope-dubbing' method is different from Mr. Rosborough's and other methods. I won't give away all of the DVD secrets, but Polly's technique spins the thread loop with the dubbing, the opposite of what my technique does. The advantages of my technique are...? Well, you'll just have to read the ad, the reviews, and then buy the DVD to learn first-hand. In 2002, I authored an article that was posted on the VFB that is referred to by many. Since that time, I have had the privilege to demonstrate the Rope-Dubbing method to thousands of tyers at fly fishing and tying shows across the country. During those years, I had also developed many variations of the technique originally presented on the VFB. The DVD was created because of the overwhelming request from tyers wanting to learn more about the Rope-dubbing methods, or just to remember them all. I am confident that you'll find that my Rope-dubbing techniques will open up your fly tying repertoire and make creating dubbed bodies exciting. You are welcome to read the reviews of just a few of the tyers- novice to expert- who are already learning about and using the Rope-Dubbing methods from my DVD. Most buyers of DVD #1 are looking forward to DVD #2, which will be advanced rope-dubbing and finishing methods for patterns.

Tight Lines All, Don Ordes.