Fox Swap - Index Page

Always on the lookout for fine, highly mobile hairs for use in tying small bucktails, I began experimenting with Arctic Fox tail. Not exactly a secret material, it has long been in use by atlantic salmon fly tyers in lieu of polar bear for traditional hairwing atlantic salmon patterns. It was new to me, however.

As with most critters from norther latitudes, the arctic fox has a dense, crinkly underfur combined with fine, long, straight guard hairs. The underfur is easily removed, if desired, or some or all of it can be left in place when tying in, providing a fuller "body" to the fly. Flies constructed with this material have wonderful movement when fished, and I fooled a number of Maine brookies this summer using small Mickey Finn and Black Ghost patterns tied with arctic fox.

I wanted to see what some of the members of the Streamer List use arctic fox hair for, and a swap was born!

Thanks to those who participated in this swap, and enjoy the patterns!



Arctic Fox Royal Coachman

Don Sturzenacker

Arctic Leemans Smelt

Bob Skehan

Black & White

Lindsey Grandison

Dr. Breck

Scott Daskiewich

Emilie's Shiner

Ron McKusick


Bryant Freeman

Foxee Missouri Minnow

Bruce Whittle

Foxy Lady

Glenn Seibert

Governor Aiken

Stack Scoville

Great White Hope

Aaron Hirschhorn

 Integration Fox Tail

Robb Nicewonger

P.F. Fox

Kelvin Hartley

Yellow Foxabou

Bob Petti

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