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BEAR HAIR
Brown and black bear are most often sold in patches a couple inches square.
Bear hair could be dyed, but most often sold in natural colors. Most fly tying shops won't have bear hair in stock, but might be able to order some. While not used in many fly tying patterns, bear hair can be used for a variety of applications. The hair could be a couple inches long, It is coarse but has much more flexibility than deer or elk hair. Like the reputation of a bear, the hairs are almost indestructible. Bear hair can be used for wings, tails, ect...

Brown Bear Hair
Brown Bear Hair

When buying any hair or fur that is on the hide, the hide should be soft and pliable. The hide should be scrapped clean of any residue.

Commercially available bear hair bought in a fly tying shop should be clean and free from insects. If acquiring bear hair from a hunter then precautions need to be taken to avoid insects or other critters that could infest your other fly tying supplies.

When cleaning bear hair you can use warm water and Woolite or a mild dish washing liquid. Soak the bear hide in the soap and water solution at least thirty minutes. Agitate every so often during the process. Thoroughly rinse the hair with clean water. A final rinse using hair conditioner can help to rejuvenate the hair and add softness and luster. With a towel or paper towel, gently pat dry the hair to remove excess water. Comb or brush the bear hair with the natural flow. When air drying hides or skins you want to prevent them from shrinking or curling. You will need to use a method that allows air to circulate around and dry both sides of the hide or skins equally, such as tacking them to a frame. Air dry a couple days depending on the humidity in the air. After making sure the hide and hair are completely dry to prevent mold, comb them again and place in a sealed plastic bag for storage.

FLY TYING HAIR AND FUR CARE
Also check the section on feather care and storage for more ideas pertaining to this subject.

FLY TYING HAIR AND FUR
Description and uses of the most common hair and fur used when fly tying, including some more rare and exotic materials. Most animal hair and fur could be used when fly tying. Some considerations include factors such as whether the hair is best suited for dry or wet flies, ect...

ANTELOPE HAIR
ARCTIC FOX
BEAR HAIR
BEAVER FUR
BUCKTAILS
BUFFALO HAIR
CALF BODY HAIR
CARIBOU HAIR
COYOTE
DEER HAIR
ELK HAIR
FOX FUR
GOAT HAIR
HORSE HAIR
LLAMA
MINK FUR
MOOSE HAIR AND MANE
MUSKRAT FUR
OTTER FUR
POLAR BEAR
PORCUPINE
RABBIT FUR
RACCOON TAIL
SKUNK
SQUIRREL TAIL
WOODCHUCK

FLY TYING INSTRUCTION
http://www.flytyinginstruction.com
Fly tying equipment and materials
reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

FLY TYING HAIR AND FURS
BEAR HAIR