When I happened upon the Stonfo Dubbing Brush Maker, it suited so closely what I'd been wanting in one of these devices that I quickly ordered it. My intentions was to make my own brushes to be used for heads on my musky flies. I was never very happy with commercially-made brushes -- they were too sparse and too expensive.
Having bought the brush maker to spin brushes for heads, I immediately delved into brushes to make complete musky flies (minus the feather tails). Ha! That has been a walk on the pull-my-hair-out side. There is a huge learning curve to spinning brushes using longer length material and there is no instruction manual for it. Strangely enough after my first 2 brushes showed potential, the next 2 brushes were wonderful successes! I thought I had it made.
For some reason, for many reasons, I had many brush failures after that.
|The brushes in the foreground are ~8.5" long.|
The next step is to turn them into musky/pike flies just as I did to create those couple flies two months ago. I have also created a nice bath of brushes intended for use as musky fly heads. These are quick and easy (and probably why they are more fun) to make. I suspect there is also a learning curve to making brushes for heads, but I went crazy buying material to make brushes so I suspect success will be in my future... sooner or later!
|Two brushes are spun at one time for musky fly heads.|