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Any patters using horse hair

 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:28 pm    Post subject: Any patters using horse hair Reply with quote

Just dipping my toes into the fly tying waters has also coincided with enjoying a week on a farm with not only acres of open pastures but stables too. I made it my mission to find as many natural materials as I possibly could, here's what I came home with.... The downy under feathers of an unfortunate pigeon, unidentified white feathers, guinea fowl feathers, roe deer fur and horse hair in various colours. Any ideas what I can make with this lot?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Geoff Bucknall's "Footballer Buzzer" springs to mind as a pattern tied up using horsehair Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lakefisher wrote:
Geoff Bucknall's "Footballer Buzzer" springs to mind as a pattern tied up using horsehair Wink


Now your giving your age away Tony Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Embarassed Laughing ...... At least some of the "old grey cells" are still firing - occasionally Laughing ...... Tony
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was used on some spider patterns and have seen it dyed and used on klink bodies but could see it being used on a fair few fly bodies.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rubbish photo but these have a horse hair body

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are nice Neil.

As well as bodies horse hair can be utilised for wings and tails.

The longest horse hairs come from the tail as opposed to the mane There was an amusing article posted in another place recently on the merits of using horse hair from a stallion as against a mare. This came down to the fact the way the different sexes urinated. It was believed that the male horse had better tail hair because it was less effected by peeing!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could always don the plus fours, tweed jacket and top hat, make some horsehair lines and tell us what they're like.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NeilH wrote:
Rubbish photo but these have a horse hair body



They look brilliant Neil, something to aspire to!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love using horse hair and even have made some robust extended bodies with it as it,s not as coarse as deer or elk hair-possibly the reason why it was used and still is for fly lines and is still used as the tenkara japanese traditional fly lines. Use it for bodies, ribbing, tails, hair wings and whatever other use you may find for it.
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