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#1 xvigauge

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 10:40 AM

I know it is no longer available, but when I was a kid at 14 and started tying flies (I am 68 now), it was legal to buy and use polar bear hair. A few of the mail order fly tying supply shops carried it and sold it. I have read the calf tail is a good substitute but it lacks the yellowish sheen that sets polar bear hair apart. Anyone know of another substitute material?

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#2 Flicted

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 10:47 AM

Find a polar bear rug and you're in business.

#3 flytire

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 10:50 AM

Bucktail

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 01:09 PM

Kid Goat

 

Skunk



#5 rscconrad

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 01:14 PM

Take a trip to Canada.   



#6 mikechell

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 01:30 PM

Find a polar bear rug and you're in business.

laugh.png  I had to go look ... found one for $22,000.00.  Yes ... that's twenty two THOUSAND dollars. ohmy.png


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#7 Flicted

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 03:11 PM

Scratch that last idea. Use buck tail.

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 03:36 PM

Take a trip to Canada.   


Don't get caught with illegal fur or feathers - the penalties can be very stiff.

#9 mikechell

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 04:01 PM

 

Take a trip to Canada.   


Don't get caught with illegal fur or feathers - the penalties can be very stiff.

 

We all know this.  Please, let's not devolve this thread into another "debate" on endangered species.


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#10 johnnyquahog

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 08:25 PM

Saltwater guys sometimes substitute yak for pb. If you are thinking kip tail though then I’m guessing you don’t need length. Pb is typically priced by length * square inch.

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 09:24 PM

Skunk is a good substitute.  Bucktail doesn't have the same translucence.


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Posted 08 April 2019 - 10:20 PM

Agree with Redietz above.  Skunk is the closest natural material I have seen.  The texture is similar and the shape of the hair appears to be triangular(have not checked under microscope but have tied a few flies with each in years past.) The fly shop I worked at 40 years ago carried PB that was legal at that time but most of what was available was crappy quality with broken tips and pretty yellowed, FWIW,



#13 Mark Knapp

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 01:06 AM

Mountain goat? I have a lot of that I could share.



#14 Nsheehan

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 06:19 AM

Kid goat is good sttuff long straight and a little yellow tint

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 07:09 AM

 

Find a polar bear rug and you're in business.

laugh.png  I had to go look ... found one for $22,000.00.  Yes ... that's twenty two THOUSAND dollars. ohmy.png

 

Gulp! 


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