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Dying Pine Squirrel Zonker Strips ?


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#1 robow7

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 03:37 PM

Has anyone ever been successful in dying pine squirrel zonker strips ?  I would love to come up with a white, or as close to white as possible, zonker strip.  Of course there is rabbit and even micro rabbit strips but was just curious if it possible.  As always, thank you for your input.



#2 SBPatt

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 05:04 PM

If you want white you’re going to have to bleach it; don’t think you can dye something white.


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 05:34 PM

never mind


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#4 Mark Knapp

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 05:55 PM

how about ermine zonker strips. Ermine, for those that don't know are weasels after they turn white in the winter. I bet you can get ermine skins on eBay.



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Posted 05 January 2020 - 07:41 PM

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#6 robow7

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 04:50 PM

If you want white you’re going to have to bleach it; don’t think you can dye something white.

 

I think you're correct, the more proper term would be to bleach it somehow.



#7 TIER

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 05:16 PM

If I was allowed to trap ermine on my proporty I would give the skin to you guys.


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#8 tjm

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 05:34 PM

http://flyanglersonl...omdeschaine.php
http://www.uky.edu/~...yfish/petti.htm
https://www.washingt...?threads/14973/
Fly-Tying Materials: Their Procurement, Use, and Protection by Eric Leiser
 Dyeing and Bleaching Natural Fly-Tying Materials by  A. K. Best, John Gierach

 

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#9 Capt Bob LeMay

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 05:41 PM

Got curious and did a quick check of my wholesaler (Wapsi Fly)...  They list natural pine squirrel, and 12 dyed colors of pine squirrel zonkers - but no white or bleached ones.... The interesting thing is that among all the various zonkers they supply to fly shops around the world are both Mink zonkers and micro Mink zonkers - and they do come in white among other colors... Since most fly shops stock items from Wapsi you might find that your local shop can get them for you... 

 

As a saltwater tyer I make my own zonker strips when needed - but only in rabbit... What I just learned is that my wholesaler (and by implication other outfits) have a much wider variety of zonkers than I knew of... Pine squirrel, Mink, Gray Squirrel, Rabbit, and even possum as well as finn raccoon.... Who knew?

 

Hope this helps


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