I will be tying mainly nymphs and suspender buzzersThe easiest materials to dub are soft naturals with plenty of underfur, hare, squirrel for example, or fine synthetics like superfine, or fine wool type roving. These may not suit your needs though, what are you tying?
I do agree with the previous comment in this thread regarding seals fur, if you can use that proficiently, you can use anything! But I would suggest it could be a frustrating learning curve if trying to learn by yourself.
Thanks for a VERY interesting video . I use pine squirrel a lot, makes great mini zonkers and the waste fur is excellent dubbing for small dries and emergers,floats all day!This answer is like the answer to a lot of other questions: it depends !
For dry flies, the best is something like Spectra Superfine or SLF dubbing. This is easy to dub and you can create nice smooth slim bodies with it.
For nymphs, you generally want to go with something a bit "buggier" i.e. with hairs that stand out a bit from the body. For this, there are few things better than hare's ear (although I hear Pine Squirrel is meant to be very good also)
There are a couple of great videos here on selecting which part of the hare's mask to use for dubbing, and how best to use on a fly
You get loads of dubbing from one hare's mask, they are great value
Very often seals fur fresh from the packet is all lined up straight by which I mean that all the fibres are side by side. This makes it difficult to dub successfully so when I find this I just dump the whole pack in the coffee grinder and give it a quick spin. This separates out the fibres and makes the whole lot much easier to handle. Stick the lot back in a small plastic bag and its ready for use until used up.Do I have to face east and mutter some ancient rites at the same time
I will give it a try, thanks.