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Old 04-02-2014, 03:46 PM
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Default Deer Hairs and Elk Hairs

Can anyone please give me some help and advice regarding the different types of deer hair available, and elk hairs for that matter?

I know there are many different types of deer hair, for example, I have some Roe Deer, Coastal Deer hair in two colours, Comparadun, a packet that just says Deer body hair natural brown. I also have some elk body hair (bull), and some yearling body hair.

Let's start with what I DO know which isn't much - Regarding Elk Hair - I know that Yearling Elk hair is the best, but I don't really know why it is supposed to be the best - can you answer this?

Are there any other deer hairs which are commonly used in fly dressing?

What are the different kinds of deer hairs used for, and why? It can't just be to do with their colour.

Can somebody explain what the different properties of deer hairs are and why do we use one particular type of deer hair over another?

What is the difference in deer hair and elk hair, apart from it coming from two completely different animals? For instance, does it have different characteristics and properties when being tied, and when it is on a fly?

Are deer and elk hair only used for particular types of flies? And if so, why?

A lot of questions, I know, but I also know there are lots of very knowledgeable fly tyers out there.

Looking forward to your replies.

Yours in Sport
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:12 PM
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If you're going to tie muddlers or similar you need deer hair which is hollow, and it is only hollow when the animal has grown its winter coat. Years ago my father gave me a winter roe buck skin from an animal he had shot and cured its skin. I tied tens of thousands of muddlers and G &H sedges from this skin and still have a small chunk of it left.
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:34 PM
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Have a look at this website
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Another site to have a look at.

Riverwood Flies Hair Reference | Riverwood Blog - Fly Fishing Gear & Guided Fishing Trips in Oregon
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I posted on selecting the right hair for comparaduns and elk hair caddis patterns here.

Selecting deer or elk hair for comparaduns - The North American Fly Fishing Forum
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