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RABBIT FUR
Rabbit fur is commonly used for wet flies such as Zonkers or Bunny Buggers to mention a few. Rabbit fur is most often cut and sold in strips, but you can also purchase complete hides.

Natural furs tend to be more life-like than synthetics and rabbit fur is no exception. It has been said that rabbit fur is one of the most life-like materials available to the fly tyer. It should also be noted that when tying with fur still on the hide makes a very durable fly.

Rabbit fur will fluff out when in the water for a big appearance, but collapses when out of the water for a more effective cast.

Strips of Rabbit Fur
Standard or Zonker Strips of Rabbit Fur

Crosscut Strips of Rabbit Fur
Crosscut Strips of Rabbit Fur

Cut strips of rabbit fur are available at most fly tying shops. Rabbit fur can easily be dyed and sold in a wide variety of colors. From earth tones to bright and vivid colors, you have a wide selection of choices. It is also common to find two tone colored strips where the tips are dyed darker or with bands of alternating colors. Most fly tying shops will have a large selection of colors.

Available in the standard cut or crosscut strips. The strips are normally cut in 1/8 inch width for fresh water flies and 1/4 inch width for use on larger salt water flies. As a beginner fly tyer you might not notice the difference, but when placed side by side it is very obvious that the hairs are pointed different directions.

Cross cut strips are most often wrapped around the hook shank and palmered towards the rear of the fly.

Most traditional patterns use cross cut strips for the body because it produces a more natural look and flow to the fly, but in recent years it has gained more acceptance to use standard cut strips on the body for a more pulsating action when in the water. When wrapped around the hook, the cross cut strips will lay at a 45 degree angle and standard cut strips will stand at 90 degree angle.

Standard and Zonker strips are the same cut, just different terms used in the fly tying world. On a zonker fly, a strip of standard cut rabbit fur is tied down the length of the hook shank.

Standard cut strips are used when tying the tail on a fly. On many zonker fly patterns, you will use a single standard cut strip for the body and tail.

Standard cut strips are cut from the center or along the back ridge of the rabbit, from the head towards the tail. Cross-cut strips are just the opposite.

RABBIT MASK DUBBING
Fur from the belly and mask of the rabbit make great dubbing material.

The average rabbit hides are 8 inches wide by 12 inches in length. The hair along the center ridge of the back are the longest. The sides of the skin are from the belly and used for dubbing.

SQUIRREL ZONKERS
When tying smaller sized flies you might consider using strips of squirrel fur which has similar properties.

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 rabbit hair bought in a fly tying shop should be clean and free from insects. If acquiring rabbit hair from a hunter 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
RABBIT FUR