I've only tied this pattern a few times and haven't used it yet but I plan on trolling it for the big stillwater browns we have out here. I definitely still need work on my deer hair spinning but it's getting a little bit neater every time. Suggestions for deer hair tying welcomed.
Size 4 2XH/3XL Mustad streamer
Natural deer hair
Caddis green dubbing
Iridescent blue magnum flashabou
I’m rather reluctant to post suggestions given the skills some folks here have. I’m no deer hair expert myself Cory. Two things do seem to matter (beyond the quality of the hair itself that is). Packing the hair bundles tightly and snugging it down while it spins.
Second notion is easiest to get right. Use Kevlar thread and you can pull like a madman to flare the hair neatly around the shank. I prefer smaller clumps of hair and using more of them to get the look I want. Don’t know if everyone thinks this way or not. Some folks use larger clumps and “stack” the hair without spinning it. Both methods look good to me.
If you are “spinning” the hair, getting the underfur out is critical. Everyone knows this but I found (for myself) that using a comb and brush tool removes the underfur and aligns the hair fibers. Makes a neater job in my hands. Note that “in my hands comment” please.
I still think the most crucial part of this process is the “packing”. Pack every bundle as tightly as possible. I mostly used my fingers for this but found that a packing tool gives much better results and saves your fingers from being impaled if they slip while pushing the bundles. I still use my old favorite packing tool even after trying some of the commercially available ones. It’s the handle from an old toothbrush with several size holes (to accommodate different hook eye sizes) drilled into it. Keep the holes just large enough to pass the hook eye and you can really put the pressure on while packing.
You can make this a double duty tool if you cut off the bristles from the brush end and glue on a piece of Velcro (hook side obviously) where the bristles were. Makes a dandy tool for roughing up/picking out bodies for that extra buggy look.
I’m hoping one of FlyFlasher’s real experts (and there are a bunch of them) will post here so I can learn to be better too.
Thanks Bill, your comment was very helpful. I will look into some diy and commercial packing tools as I have been packing with my fingers thus far as well. As for the thread, I do have some strong types of thread but they are mostly for pike flies and are much too large for most trout flies, so I will pick up some good Kevlar threads in smaller diameters. I always appreciate your input.
@10158237469140360 I'm from Saskatchewan, I haven't personally fished the Bow (although I want to of course) but it's a good stillwater pattern and I fish a lot of lakes due to the unfortunate lack of trout streams in my area.
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