One day, while my wife was brushing our dog, she showed me how the new “de-shedding” brush removed the dog’s underfur. I noted how the soft tufts of cream-colored fur closely resembled rabbit fur. The brush also removes loose hair from the coat as well, so there were longer, wiry strands mixed in, much like guard hairs on a rabbit. Using this new, and free source of fur and hair to tie flies was an experiment, but when they caught fish I set aside permanent parking in my fly box. Here are some examples of flies I’ve tied that catch trout, bass and panfish. They aren’t pretty, but the rubber legged wooly bugger-thing produced fine results.