Tup's Indispensable Dubbing Blend

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Tup's Indispensable Dubbing Blend

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This question probably borders on heresy with this group of classical fly tyers but has anyone come up with a substitute dubbing blend for the Tup's Indispensable? I have no access or ability to get the original materials. Your input would be appreciated. Thank you for any help you can provide.

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Re: Tup's Indispensable Dubbing Blend

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Original Tups blend appearance----a tough one. But in Tying Catskill Style Dry Flies I described a great mix with exact instructions how to arrive at the shade. It's dome by mixing exact lengths of three dubbings. The dubbing shade is pretty darn close to what the older Catskill gents were showing my way back when, in kid years.

-I can summarize the mix, if you're interested.
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Re: Tup's Indispensable Dubbing Blend

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Thank you, Mike. It would be great if you could post the blend. I have been meaning to get your book. I will now do so. Thanks again.

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Re: Tup's Indispensable Dubbing Blend

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Troutbum10 wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:21 pm
Thank you, Mike. It would be great if you could post the blend. I have been meaning to get your book. I will now do so. Thanks again.
The book will provide more details. Here's a synopsis:

Dubbing:
Cut: 25 inches length, then cut into 1/2 inch pieces Lions Brand #098 Natural (with oils) Fisherman's Wool yarn
Cut: 3 inches length, then cut into 1/2 inch pieces Lions Brand #114 True Red

Cut: Tease out 1inch of Felt Works Dimensions Brand Cheddar Shade felting wool, then cut into 1/4" pieces
You want the felt that comes in wool packets---not sheets
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>Blend Fisherman's Wool yarn alone
>Blend True Red yarn alone
>>Then re-blend together the above

>Blend in the 1/4" pieces of of Felt Works Cheddar shade felting wool with the above two that were mixed together

You will get a nice CONSISTENT shade creamy-pink Tups dubbing,

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I have the book and read the formula but now I'll have to get some of that material. This won't make my wife happy. :D
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The Cheddar felt you need comes in little packets (not sheets)
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Re: Tup's Indispensable Dubbing Blend

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I marvel that none (to my knowledge) of the sources of pre-blended dubbing have produced it. As "indispensable" as it appears to be, you'd think someone would have jumped on the opportunity to be a provider.

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Re: Tup's Indispensable Dubbing Blend

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BrownBear wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:59 am
I marvel that none (to my knowledge) of the sources of pre-blended dubbing have produced it. As "indispensable" as it appears to be, you'd think someone would have jumped on the opportunity to be a provider.
Excellent comment! :o :shock: ;)

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Re: Tup's Indispensable Dubbing Blend

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Take a look at this link (viewtopic.php?f=17&t=10322 ) in a previous forum posting and you'll find a pic of some of Austin's original dubbing and my comments about mixing to get the correct shade and texture of the Tup's dubbing using red, yellow and natural seal fur (or seal subs, like African / Angora goat dubbing) plus natural hare's ear. It really isn't that difficult to match the color and texture of the Austin dubbing without resorting to finding / shaving a young Tup.

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Re: Tup's Indispensable Dubbing Blend

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Mike,
Thank you very much for the post on the Tup's dubbing blend.

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