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SQUIRREL TAIL
Squirrel tails are sold at most fly tying shops for reasonable prices.
The hair can be dyed and is easy to manipulate with a wide variety of uses.

Squirrel Tail
Squirrel Tail
Squirrel Tail

Notice the difference in the thickness between the above squirrel tails. The thinner tails are what you usually find at most fly tying shops and are actually easier to work with than the larger and more bushy tails.

There are several species of squirrels, each with their own characteristics, such as a gray squirrel with a much more bushy tail than a ground squirrel. As noted above the thinner tails tend to be easier to work with, because the hairs are finer and the flow of the guard hair is more uniform making it easier to line up the tips when using a hair stacker.

Squirrel tails can have a two tone effect or areas that are darker and other areas that the colors are more vivid. When buying dyed squirrel tails from a fly tying shop, will generally pick tails with the most vivid colors even though black has been our most used color when tying with squirrel tail hair.

Squirrel Tail
Squirrel Tail Dyed Red Close-Up View
Notice the fineness of the fibers and pointed tips
that make squirrel tail hairs ideal when tying wet flies.

Hair from a squirrel tail can be used for wings and tails. Squirrel tail hair is best suited for use on wet flies because the fine tapered hair fibers won't trap air. The hair is supple and east to work with and being reasonably long and can be used as wings or tails on most steelhead flies. It is one of our personal favorite materials when tying hair wings on wet flies, because it is readily available, good selection of colors and the prices won't break the bank.

HAIR STACKER
When tying a fly using squirrel tail hair, you need to use a hair stacker to line up the hair tips for a neat appearance and flow in the design.

Squirrel Zonker Cut Strips
Squirrel Zonker Cut Strips

SQUIRREL ZONKER STRIPS
Zonker strips are cut from the back ridge of the squirrel from the head towards the tail. Zonker and Cross-Cut strips are simular to rabbit

Silver Pheasant Fly
Black squirrel tail hair was used
for the under-wings on this steelhead
fly. They will add movement and profile,
but also help support the main feather
wings.

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 squirrel hair bought in a fly tying shop should be clean and free from insects. If you acquire squirrel 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
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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
SQUIRREL TAIL