The first tool that I will report on is the Dr. Slick 5" Dubbing
Hook e/w Half Hitch Tool. For many years I have used the fly-tying
industry standard, the Cal Bird Dubbing Tool and have been completely
satisfied. I have tried many different types of dubbing tools from
a bent paper clip to the ball bearing type. For small dubbing loops
the Cal Bird has been my go-to tool.
After using the Dr Slick Dubbing Hook I am now going to retire
the Cal Bird Tool. The hook on the Dr Slick tool is of good quality
steel and is really stout and does not bend. The design of the "hook"
is excellent and the dubbing loop is not prone to move around on
the hook when spinning. The handle is of brass and is a large enough
diameter that it is easy to spin. The design with the bend in the
hook shaft makes it very simple to wrap the dubbing loop without
using hackle pliers. This is a major improvement as far as I am
concerned since you can hold the tool close to parallel to the hookshank.
The half-hitch part of the tool is perfect for tying off your dubbing
loop without changing tools. I do not usually tie off my dubbing
loops but now it sure is nice to know that I can if I want without