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 Post subject: Bear Fur Help
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:13 pm 
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Student who bear hunts gave me some fur and wanted to see what I could do with it. I don't use bear fur except for the legs on some of the nymph.

Anybody got a couple of patterns that use Black Bear fur?

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 Post subject: Re: Bear Fur Help
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:22 pm 
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I cant give you any specific patterns, but it looks great on a hair wing streamer. Me and my dad have been tying a lot with bear lately.


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 Post subject: Re: Bear Fur Help
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:44 pm 
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Black Bear Green Butt is a classic steel head or salmon pattern. Try using the Bear in place of bucktail or squirrel.


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 Post subject: Re: Bear Fur Help
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:42 am 
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Here's the midge i posted a few weeks ago:

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Hook: Daiichi Dry fly, size 20
Thread: UTC 70 denier, gray
Body, Tail, & Wing: Black Bear
Head: Thread

Clip a sparse bunch of bear hair at the hide. Clean out the underfur. (Save that for some nymphs!)

Tie in the hair bundle at about 3/4 point so you get the tail length you want, then tie the hair down back to the bend. Pull the butts back from the index point and secure them at the bend. Smoothly overwrap the body back to the index point.
Now pull the hair butts over the body and tie them down just in front of the index point.
Fold the hair butts back over the body as a wing, and wrap your thread back over the hair just enough to bind them down and create the thread head. Trim the butts to wing length.

Two materials - Thread and Black Bear hair. Sprung from my cabin-fevered mind.

Also, I'll second what Colin said. Makes a real nice streamer wing. Don't forget the underfur for nymph dubbing.

I'd second what Plumbob said, but I ain't advanced enough to tie real salmon flies yet.

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 Post subject: Re: Bear Fur Help
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:02 pm 
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Thank you all :) I probably would never have tied a hair wing fly if it weren't for you all's tutoring and discussions. Attempt one with the hair wing streamer is passable. I need to practice it more.

Bear doesn't stack does it :?

That midge is next on the to try list. Nice.

Again thanks for the input.

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 Post subject: Re: Bear Fur Help
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:35 pm 
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Actually, it does stack, you just can't use a hair stacker to do it.

It also is one of the traditional materials for the tail of a Thunderhead.


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