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    Question Dry fly tails

    What are the most popular materials used for dry fly tails these days? Originally the material suggested was "Spade hackle" barbs. But today's chickens don't have them. Microfibbets and some paintbrush fibers seem acceptable but I personally like bleached or dyed mink tail fibers except they are hard to come by. Premium Sable artist brush fibers are nice but you have to tap into your IRA to afford them.
    Maybe some thoughtful folks could get a bunch of old fur coats and set up a new product line.
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    Why not use a few strand of deer or elk body hair? I must confess I do when tying dries at times. I have a little horse mane which is rather stiff and make a good look nymph tail/antenna so if you know someone with a horse you might want to give that a try.
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    I use Charlie Collins tailing feathers (used to be spade hackle, now mostly scapular feathers which work just about as well) for most of my mayflies; got these years ago and haven't even come close to using them up. For attractors like foam-back convertibles, humpies, etc I like woodchuck tail or moose body hair.

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    I use Collins hackle pack and strung hackle packs.

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    Coq de Leon, Moose body hair, micro fibbetts...
    Last edited by Jayatwork; 07-12-2011 at 08:28 PM.

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    A good source of dry fly tails is an old fashioned shaving brush, it is still possible
    to find them if you look in village general stores, if you still have any left.
    They can be surprisingly cheap and a couple or three will probably last a lifetime.
    The fibres can be coloured easily with a waterproof felt tip, although some of the floatants might affect the colour even then.
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    Moose body hair, micro fibbetts, antron.
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    Another vote for woodchuck tail hair. IHMO more durable than Moose mane and....best of all...free.
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