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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-27-2019, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Blending deer hair

Working on muddler combo's, looking for advise on blending different colors of hair when spinning...thnx
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Stack young man stack!
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I rarely spin hair, stacking, even on smaller flies like goddard Caddis is not only faster, it can produces a cork like body. Steam the stacked hair after trimming if you're looking for a showcase fly without all the work.
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Try blending different colors with the comb while cleaning out the under-fur.

Here's a slider-type fly that I tie in different colors:
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It is spun, but the collar is blended natural with olive using the comb. I switched to a variegated olive/tan/black pattern for the head. Im waiting on grizzly hackles: They tie a killer baby sea-eel using white, tan, and black.
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With stacking you can get as fancy as you want but as stated the best part is you have more control of how tight the hair can be. You can also put bright visual hair on top for you and natural down below for the fish.
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Olive/tan muddler:
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Buck-tail blend.
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You can spin, you can stack, you can combine techniques.



Spinning- I like to work on a bare shank. take a pencil sized clump, brush out the guard hairs, hold it in place the thread starting at the beginning fo the bare shank. Two loose wraps, catching under fingers holding the hair in place, then tighten upwards. Gently to start, then as it comes tight, wrap snuggly a couple times as you release the hair, then wiggle wrap forward through a couple times to the bare shank, then a couple tight wraps to lock it. Snug it back, then repeat to build the length head/body you want. On muddlers for skating, I like it loose and buggy, not tightly packed, and usually get it with one clump.

Stacking- I like a thread base, nice and even. Pick your bottom color hair, comb out the guard hairs, then hold it beneath the hook at your starting point. Two loose wraps, beneath the loosely held fingers gripping the hair. Tighten upwards, WHILE HOLDING THE HAIR IN PLACE. Don't let it spin. Repete with smaller clumps on each side, then a larger clump on top, depending on how intricate your pattern is. You can ad spots- like the fancy Canadian tier above- with smaller clumps. Don't over wrap any clump, as your keeping your wraps in one place. 2/3 wraps for each color, then a couple more to lock it all in place, then wiggle wrap forward and a couple wraps to lock it in. Repeat.

Combine- Do both. Ha.

I rarely use only one color preferring to lay combinations together, and letting them blend when wrapping. I also rarely even the tips with a stacker, as I like a more flowing look.

You can trim with scissors or razor or lighter. Your reslults will very til you get the hang o fit.

After you get it all trimmed and looking good, steam it and find out how much more trimming you need to do.

Final pro-tip. Wipe the hair down with a dryer sheet before you start. I'm more allergic to dear hair than anything else, and if I forget this step, I won't be able to see by the end of the first wrap. The hollow hair build static electricity and clings to you, and sneezing and eye-watering commence.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-24-2019, 02:19 AM
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Mixed colored deer hair

Hi
I tie a fly called Barbs Sculpin, there is a picture somewhere on this site,. It is a mixture of Black and Olive maribou and deer hair. For the head I put some black deer hair, tips down, in my cheep, from India hair stacker, 3/4 inch diameter inside, then put some Olive hair in on top, tips down and push it down and tamp at the same time. It comes out a very good mix almost every time. Take it out of the stacker and spin onto the hook. You will like the results.
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