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I added hair from my dogs to make the wings on these.  The dark fly has hackle from one of my Wyandotte hens.

Top fly

Size 4 Diachi SS  hook

Black 8/0 Uni thread

Black Chenille body.  Copper wire rib.  Hen hackle.

Wing:  Shih tzu

Bottom fly

Size 4 Diachi SS hook.  Black 8/0 Uni thread.  

Abdomen blue metallic embroidery thread. 

Thorax:  blue FTD  Arctic snow dub

Palmered with Blue rooster hackle

Blue dyed Guinea collar

Wing:  white Shih tzu hair

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I've tied several bead head nymphs with hair from my son's Lab. He's gone so I'm stuck with two mixed Chihuahuas.

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The old story goes early that hairwings were developed in the Maritimes of Canada by locals who used materials on hand...and that turned out to be primarily dog hair along with some local bird feathers which would have been waterfowl for the most part. Don't know if the legend is true, but it does seem to make sense to me.

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7 hours ago, SalarMan said:

The old story goes early that hairwings were developed in the Maritimes of Canada by locals who used materials on hand...and that turned out to be primarily dog hair along with some local bird feathers which would have been waterfowl for the most part. Don't know if the legend is true, but it does seem to make sense to me.

The St. John's Waterdog (the ancestor of the Black Labrador) had mainly a black coat with a white "tie" coloration and their hair was used in that area for flies.

Kim

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I am a vet.  I have a lot of chances to get hair.  However, I am getting a kick out of using hair from my dogs and feathers from my chickens. 

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