Alpaca?

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by papafsh, May 12, 2009.

  1. Has anyone ever used Alpaca fibers for tying fly's? If so how do you use it, as dubbing, hair wings...whatever? is there a natural buoyancy to it, or does it soak up water and sink?
    I live on Camano Island and there are several Alpaca farms out here and I think I could lay my hands on some without much effort.
    But just thought I'd ask first. I've never seen any in local fly shops.

    LB
     
  2. Saltwater flies. It's a fairly good substitute for polar bear fur. Keep it sparse. It will soak up water and sink. A few years back, I read a fly tying article on alpaca wool, and it was praised for its movement in water and how it takes in light when wet. We're talking about the natural white color. Give it a try.

    --Dave E.
     
  3. i thin kalpaca is like sheeps wool? correct me if im wrong! but to answer your first question, no i never have. sorry

    colton

    post some pics if you find something cool to do with it:D
     
  4. i have to alpaca wool hats from peru and i love them! anything that can be this awesome at holding hair must make a great fly dubbing. my guess is it will sink, but i suppoe what form u find it in. its very simmiliar to wool.
     
  5. i think it is similar to llama but a little finer. if it is cheap give it a try. mike w
     
  6. Alpaca makes great dubbing. The fibers are particularly long and soft. There are only a handful of sheep and goat breeds that come close to Alpaca for fiber length, softness and warmth. Currently it comes in 22 natural colors. No matter what form you find it in it is distinctly different from most 'wool'. It does absorb water.

    TC
     
  7. Papa Fish.
    Call me at (360) 934-6433 or e-mail walkergamebirds@centurytel.net
    I will send you some Alpaca in red, blue, green, yellow plus what ever I have.......Merle
     
  8. Thanks Merle,

    I'll take you up on that offer.

    LB
     
  9. My wife has an Alpaca coat. Am I going to be cutting it soon?
     
  10. Papa Fish.
    Your Alpaca is in the mail, Also a little Polor bear...Good Fishing Merle
     
  11. Merle,
    Thank you, I got the envelope today and I was completely surprised that you included the PB :eek: Truly a special, unexpected, gift. I'm already planning to make good use of the Alpaca and PB.

    Thanks again,

    LB
     

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