POLAR BEAR HAIR
Polar bear is used mainly with steelhead and classic salmon fly
patterns. Most often used in the construction wet wings, but could also
be used for tails and anywhere else fur or hairs would be applicable.
Polar bear hairs are white and valued for their translucency. When
buying polar bear from a fly shop it is usually sold on the hide and by
the inch. The prices are reasonable considering the scarcity.
are commercial polar bear substitutes available when tying flies
intended be fished. It will save some money and the fish will be
attracted about the same. Have heard that the white hair towards the
rump of a skunk make a good substitute for polar bear. Other substitute
hair include bucktail, arctic fox tail and goat, but they are just not the same.
Polar Bear Hair sold on the hide
and cut into one inch squares
bear products have been illegal to
import into the USA since 1973 and any polar bear sold must be
documented as being imported before the ban went into effect. Since
1994 permits have been issued to import Sport Hunted Polar Bear
Trophies. With a little searching is possible to find polar bear hair
Polar Bear Dubbing
Dyed and chopped into dubbing...
Bought these packages of dyed Polar Bear Dubbing from Deschutes Anglers
and have not seen it anywhere else, but have heard other people mention
different suppliers. When dyed the colors are vivid while retaining
It would be easy to make your own dubbing and being a white base, could
be dyed almost any color with great success.
TYING HAIR STACKER
When tying a fly using polar bear hair, you can use a hair stacker to
line up the hair tips for a neat appearance and flow in the design.
Is the yellow color from urine stains???? You will see polar bear that
looks old and bad condition. The answer would probably be that it is
old and had been imported before the ban in 1972. You want to buy polar
bear that is white, looks clean and in good condition.
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.
American Eskimo Puppy
This is "Cookie the Dog" and he had
long, white hair that looked very similar
to Polar Bear..
have used hair from an American Eskimo dog as a substitute and most
everybody just presumed it was polar bear. Most often people will use
goat hair, calf tail or synthetic fibers.
FAKE POLAR BEAR FUR
FLY TYING HAIR AND FUR CARE
There is fake polar bear hair on the market and you should only buy
from a reputable dealer. Fake polar bear fur just never seemed to cut
Also check the section on feather care and storage for more ideas pertaining to this subject