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Preserving hare skin for fly tying
Aug 23rd, 2017 at 5:59pm
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Hey Team as an avid fly fisherman I have shot a hare and need the fur for fly tying. Can someone please advise if the process after skinning to preserve the pelt so I can then go on to pluck the fur as required to make flies.
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Re: Preserving hare skin for fly tying
Reply #1 - Aug 23rd, 2017 at 7:13pm
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open it out flat and tack it onto a board....6x2 should do it...hang it in the sun to dry and scrape off and meat or fat. when its dry it will stay good for years if you dont get it wet,also chuck some moth balls in storage area .
  
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Re: Preserving hare skin for fly tying
Reply #2 - Aug 26th, 2017 at 7:41pm
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Even easier. I just give them a hair cut with a pair of sisors, no need to even skin them, you only want the dark guard hairs anyway not the pale fluff close to the skin.
Just pinch the fur between your fingers and put into a small zip lock bag, 2 or three animals would give you enough plenty to tie plenty of hair and copper flies especially when they have there winter coats
  
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Re: Preserving hare skin for fly tying
Reply #3 - Aug 26th, 2017 at 8:08pm
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i roll them up n keep them in the freezer, then trim when ineed
  
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Cheers team
  
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Re: Preserving hare skin for fly tying
Reply #5 - Sep 8th, 2017 at 10:51am
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The best hair,  thick stiff and spiky tends to come off the mask.
So skin the head   Wink

  In years gone by  you would have bought a preserved mask,  Now it comes in little packets.  Grin
  
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Re: Preserving hare skin for fly tying
Reply #6 - Sep 8th, 2017 at 7:54pm
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Yeah pain in the arse that, bit hard to tie a tail with pre plucked hair stuffed in a bag
  
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Re: Preserving hare skin for fly tying
Reply #7 - Sep 10th, 2017 at 5:31pm
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yere I just dry them and they keep forever..
  

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Re: Preserving hare skin for fly tying
Reply #8 - Sep 17th, 2017 at 1:25pm
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Interesting,  you're trying to tie the tail with hair. 

For a hares ear nymph or a hare and copper   I've aways used, a piece of pheasant tail or some thing a little longer and stiffer.  Stands of synthetic ribbon work really well.

Hair then dubbed to make the body,  which works real well straight out of the bag.   Wink



  
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