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Old 01-29-2012, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Most buoyant, light colored elk hair

Okay, you walk into a fly shop to buy elk hair, and are presented with a multitude of choices, cow, bull, yearling, bleached, natural, etc.

I'm tying a surface film emerger that sports a wing composed of 2 CDC oilers with a top of elk hair - the tail and abdomen of this fly hang down into the film quite a bit - is tied on a Daiichi hook used for Klinkhamers. Want something known for buoyancy (think hollow fibers here).

Wisdom, suggestions, etc. I know somebody will have the knowledge. (I never got to the wisdom on elk hair winged dries in fly tying classes) and already have some bleached yearling at home.

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Old 01-29-2012, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Most buoyant, light colored elk hair

yearling is just fine depending on the color your wanting. caribou is the most hollow of hair you can get so that would work also.. I use yearling for my boulder caddis, and it floats just fine..

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Old 01-29-2012, 06:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Boy, didn't even take long. Thanks, man.

This is for the 'dry-merger' half of the dry-dropper emerger combo I'm tying at West Denver TU Clinic on the 11th. I'll tie a few more until I like one enough to post - see if I can get it to lay correctly in the scanner (poor man's camera)
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Caribou and Antelope are the most hollow and softest animal hairs that I have used. Caribou is finer and antelope is coarser. IThe hair on an animal varies "A Lot" depending on where it comes from on the critter. Take an elk for example the face, legs, belly and mane are not very hollow at all but other parts as you work your way down the sides and toward the butt it gets more hollow.

Grab your hunks of hair and do a comparison test with your fingers pinch a clump about the size of a pencil in diameter. Watch how it flares when you pinch it. When you campare pieces to one another that will tell you the most hollow with the one that flares the most. Some will be soft and hollow and some will be stiff and hollow. Keep in mind that it will be the best for spinning bugs but will be difficult to control if you do not want it to spin. Tring to ty an Elk Hair Caddis type lay down wing will require specail techniquies (tie in tight and loose wrap back until you get the shape you want, then glue, but it will still falre with the pressure of a hackle being wound on it.) You might find upping the size of you thread will help a little.
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