Category Archives: Fly Tying Materials

Whiting Hackle from Egg to Emerger

We get a behind the scenes look into the operations at Whiting Farms. There is a lot involved in order to get those even long hackles that fly tyers covet. There is the breeding selection process that is needed in order to breed in or out desired traits. There is the tracking of eggs from the time they are laid until the time they are harvested. There is the incubation, sexing, feeding, and on and on. One thing I can say is that these birds are well taken care of.

Follow along with Cheech and Curtis as Dr. Tom gives them the details of what it takes to grow and maintain the best hackle on the market.


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DIY Dubbing Box and Custom Blended Dubbs

This is an easy way to put together a custom collection of dubbing and to build an assortment box or dispenser. The dubbing I blend is similar to the Senyo’s Laser Dubbing from Hareline. I use a lot of Laser Dubbing, but I like to be able to build my own custom colors and blend several colors of acrylic yarn with an accent like Ice Dubbing or Angelina Fibers.

Here is the Ebay Store I buy my Angelina Fiber from –

You can mix 1 color of yarn with some of the Angelina fibers, or mix multiple colors with multiple colors of Angelina fiber. I like to mix black in with lighter colors for a dirty looking blend.

For the tool, just find a paperclip and use some pliers to straighten the wire and add a tight bend to one end. I added the weight on the other end so I can find it a little easier in my giant messy fly tying room. I’ve also used a bodkin that I heated the tip and bent into a hook.


Yarn – Acrylic, wool or blends
Scissors (not your fly tying scissors
Plastic compartment box (plano)
Drill w/ 1/16 & 3/16 bits
2x pet grooming tools
Angelina fibers or ice dubbing
Paper clip


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