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DOG HAIR
It is very unlikely that you would every find dog hair in a fly tying shop and most people cringe at the idea of using dog hair when tying a fly, but we have met several tyers that have used dog hair when constructing their flies. In the Western Hemisphere you would cut small patches of hair from your best friend or save the hair in plastic bags after giving the dog a hair cut, but in places like China you can buy it on the hide.

There is a wide variety of dog hair color and length between the species. Some have thick under fur which would make great dubbing, while others have less under fur. Some dogs have supple hair, while others are more thick and coarse.

American Eskimo Dog
American Eskimo Puppy
This is "Cookie the Dog" and he had
long, white hair that looked very similar
to Polar Bear.

We have used hair from our American Eskimo dog as a substitute for polar bear and most everybody just presumed it was polar bear. Every spring he would get a hair cut.

COOKIE PHOTOS
While these photos have nothing to do with fly tying we included this page for the dog lovers and a memorial.

If you plan on using dog hair, it is important to give the dog a good bath before cutting the hair. As a rule the best hair will be from the first time the dog has a hair cut, because the tips have the original taper. Any hair cut after the first time will be very similar quality, but under a microscope you will clearly see the tips don't have the same taper, but who would know the difference unless you pointed out that fact.

Dog hair can also be spun into yarn and a quick Internet search should produce several results. There are websites that are dedicated to spinning dog hair into yarn.

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
 
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