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HORSE HAIR
Horse hair is seldom used when tying modern day flies, but in the past was commonly used for leaders and tippets. Creative fly tyers can find other uses such as legs, antennae, ect...

Wild Horses

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Horse Tail Hair
Strands of horse hair used for tying
leaders on antique style trout flies.

The best horse hair for leaders comes from the center of the tail of a three to five year old stallion. The fly tyers of old would pluck the hair during certain times of the year for the strongest, roundest and most translucent fibers.

Hair from the mane of the horse is also desired and can used for bodies on small nymphs and midges to mention a few variety of applications. The fibers are strong with a resplendent sheen.

Horse hair can be dyed and would make good antenna or tails for most modern flies. It can be used on braided flies just to consider a few ideas.

It has been said that the body hair is too long and stiff for dubbing and too short for any other uses, but as with anything, the creative fly tyer will find good uses for the body hair and it should not be completely overlooked.

Horse Hair from Violin Bow
Horse Tail Hair from Violin Bow

Very few fly tying shops have horse hair, but you can order it on the Internet or find somebody that has a horse. When we dabbled in tying some of the antique flies of centuries past, had a hard time locating any horse hair, then somebody mentioned violin bows are made with horse hair. We went down to the local instrument repair shop and they had a box full of broken violin bows and gave us a couple for free.

You should never cut the complete tail off a live horse as they need it to swat flies and helps them keep balance.

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 horse hair should be clean and free from insects. If acquiring horse hair from other sources then precautions need to be taken to avoid insects or other critters that could infest your other fly tying supplies.

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
HORSE HAIR