Fly Tying
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TYING TIPS

Hollow Hair

Outdoor Tying

Hollow Hair

My go to reference for fly tying is The Fly Tyer’s Benchside Reference by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer

 

Here are some of their tips on various types of hollow hair and their uses

 
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ANTELOPE

Body

Use for spinning/stacking Most buoyant of all hollow hairs; flares easily but brittle and easily cut with thread

 

CARIBOU

Body

Spinning smaller bodies; small upright Good texture for smaller bodies and wings and caddis wings if tips are intact

 

ELK

Mane

Primarily tails, especially on larger flies Very fine, almost solid, but long

Rump

Extended bodies Coarse, but only moderate flare; broken tips common

Hock

Tails; upright and downwings Stiff; flares to about 45 degrees; short and best suited to small flies; spins poorly

Bull

Tails; wings on stoneflies and larger caddis Flares to about 45 degrees; longer than hock for larger flies; spins poorly

Cow

Caddis wings; spinning/stacking Produces more fully flared caddis wings; spins well for larger bodies

Yearling

Comparaduns, Humpies, some spinning Uniform diameter fibers, short tip; moderately long but good for small flies

 

DEER

Mask

Tails Very hard, almost solid; winging material for tyers who prefer no flare; can be curved

Rump/Belly

Spinning/stacking Flares well; very long and best suited to larger flies

Tail

Tails; streamer downwings; upright wings Hair on upper 3/4 of tail virtually solid, no flare – best for wings. Hair near base of tail is

Body/Back

 Short, fine Tails; upright and downwings on smaller flies; small Muddler heads

Moderate flare

MOOSE

Body

Tails; wings on larger flies Stiff; moderately coarse; little flare

Mane

Tails; quill-type bodies Coarse, virtually no flare

Outdoor Tying

At Camp Rohrbach, most fly tying is done at my steering wheel tying bench or…

 
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...outdoors where the slightest breeze will send your Jungle Cock feather to the next county.

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Carrying a few simple items will prevent your tying session from turning into an exercise program.

Clip clothes pin will secure that Peacock eye.

Small glass jelly jars will protect hooks, dubbing and tied flies from the elements.

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Use your windshield wipers to dry freshly lacquered plumage etc

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Point to remember

These tips will keep your flies and materials out of the campfire