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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.
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.
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.
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.
SQUIRREL ZONKER STRIPS
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.
HAIR AND FUR CARE
FLY TYING HAIR AND FUR
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