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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.

There 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 Fur
Polar Bear Hair sold on the hide
and cut into one inch squares

Polar 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 and dubbing.

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Polar Bear Dubbing

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 their
translucency.  It would be easy to make your own dubbing and being a white base, could be dyed almost any color with great success.

FLY 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.

QUALITY
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. 

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.


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

ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS
We 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
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 the cake.

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
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Fly tying equipment and materials
reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

FLY TYING HAIR AND FURS
POLAR BEAR HAIR