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Mark Knapp

Honest to goodness mammoth hair

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1 hour ago, Sandan said:

Are you sure? I'm thinking you shaved and...... ;)

Was that nice? Mike, two demerits cuz he wasn't nice.

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4 hours ago, Mark Knapp said:

I've been playing with the stuff some and it seems most of the fibers are short, only a couple of inches long. Also, the are quit wiry like pig hair.

Is there enough variegation to use it to wrap a "quill" body like inย peccary flies?

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10 minutes ago, Noahguide said:

Is there enough variegation to use it to wrap a "quill" body like inย peccary flies?

Probably not, I've got enough to try a bunch of things though. I'll try some dries too.

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5 hours ago, Mark Knapp said:

This is my first attempt.

A woolly mammoth nymph on a size 14 hook.

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The hair is somewhat wiry and translucent with some iridescence and sparkle.

Mark Knappโ€™s All-Purpose Mammoth could ring some bells...๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽฃ๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

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48 minutes ago, chugbug27 said:

Would make a good Caddis pupa...

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Two chugs up๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ๐ŸŽฃ๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

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3 hours ago, chugbug27 said:

Would make a good Caddis pupa...

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Ooh ooh, I'm going to do that after I get done with the Woolly Mammoth Bugger and the Woolly Mammoth Woolly Worm. That's a good'n.

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Mark, You should incorporate some tusk and hair into the next knife you make. Maybe tusk as scales and the hair somehow incorporated into a sheath

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2 hours ago, The Mad Duck said:

Mark, You should incorporate some tusk and hair into the next knife you make. Maybe tusk as scales and the hair somehow incorporated into a sheath

I do use a lot of ivory in knife making, hair is another thing entirely. It's very hard to come by, it's expensive and doesn't go very far unless you use it on flies. Mammoth hair is a thousand times more expensive than ivory.

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I washed the material to make it easier to tie with, it's much better now.

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Woolly Mammoth Woolly Worm

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Woolly Mammoth Booger. I gave them both "tusks" of biots, just cuz it seemed like they should have tusks.

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Got a whole herd of Mammoth Boogers and worms.

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Mammoth Caddis Pupa

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4 hours ago, SilverCreek said:

How about catching a prehistoric fish with a prehistoric fly.

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I'm trying to think of our most ancient fish species up here. Most of them are pretty young. We don't have anything like Gar, snakeheads and paddlefish. I suppose the most prehistoric we have would be burbot.

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