Tips for selecting deer hair

Deer hair textures - Different animals have hair with different textures - and different uses

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Hair textures
Hair types

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It's not trivial to choose hair for a wing like this.
Photo and fly: Hans Weilenmann

  • Fine
  • - Will not flare; excellent for wings and tails
  • Medium
  • - Will flare to a limited degree, maximum 45 degrees
  • Coarse
  • - Will flare to almost 90 degrees; used for clipped hair body flies like muddlers and bass bugs

    Type Texture Stiffness Length (") Length (cm)
    Bull Medium   1-2 2.5-7
    Cow Coarse   1-2 3-7.5
    Yearling Medium   1-2 3.5-7
    Hock Medium   ¼ 0.6
    Mane Fine   3-6 7.5-15
    Rump Coarse   2-4 7-10
    Body Coarse   1-2 3.5-7
    Neck Medium Soft ¾-1¾ 2-7.5
    Texas whitetail Fine   ¾-1¾ 2-7.5
    Early season Medium Stiff 1-2
    Yearling Medium Soft 1-2 3.5-7
    Generally Coarse Brittle 1-1 2.5-4
    Generally Fine   ¾-1 0.6-4
    Body     -2 1.5-5
    Mane Coarse   2-8 7-20

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