Alpaca wool/hair

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  1. Gary Knowels

    Gary Knowels Active Member

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    Has anyone ever tied with alpaca wool? My mom has an entire rose-gray wool from an alpaca and gave me a bunch. Most of it looked like it would make really good dubbing and I got 5 different colors from it, ranging from cream to tan, to chocolate, to gray, rose. The longer hair from the mane looked like it could be used similar to mohair/angora goat.
     
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    the short stuff is great for dubbing and the long stuff makes for great streamers if its long enough its great clouser material and for deceivers.

    for the dubbing take some Ice Dub from hairline and mix it with some of the dubbing style fur. looks really cool when its in the water.
     
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    makes GREAT dubbing
     
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    Gary,
    Alpaca and llama hairs I hear have hollow fibers similar to polar bear, which makes them an excellent substitute for polar.
     
  5. Gary Knowels

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    I read a scientific journal article about alpaca fiber properties. Finer than wool. Long semi-hollow fibers. I'm looking forward to playing around with it. Going to try a mohair style leech with the chocolate color tonight. I'll post a picture when I get one done.

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    Poor pictures I know, but this color is a chocolate/root beer. It seems that the fibers average from 1.5" to 3" depending on which clump and what area the fibers came from. These ones are a little over 2 inches. There is a wet and dry picture. I did the water glass test and liked the movement it had. Now only to find a time to fish it soon.

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