Craft fur

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  1. yellowlab03

    yellowlab03 Active Member

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    Is the craft fur you get at fabric stores the same as the craft fur you can get at fly shops? Just got out to NC and there isn't a fly shop within 2 hours of me. I either have to drive, order online or start looking for out of the norm stores to get stuff. Tried the search and couldn't find much, but maybe I'm asking the wrong questions in the search. Thanks for the help!
     
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    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Looks the same to me, you just get less of it in fly shops. Glass beads are hella cheaper there, too.
     
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    The ultra craft fur, or whatever they're calling it in the shops, has longer fibers than the hobby store stuff. I have both. Depends what you want to tie.
     
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    It is the same stuff. In fact, before it became popular to use for fly tying, I was buying the craft fur from craft stores for years to tie streamer patterns.

    Then it caught on with fly tiers.

    Unfortunately, it isn't as popular with the craft crowd as it once was and these days, I can't find any of quality at our local craft and fabric stores.

    I've had to resort to buying Pseudo Hair from Hareline and Polar Fibre from Spirit River. For genuine "Craft Fur", I purchase the product from Rainy's.
     
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    I found some at hobby lobby today. I bought 12 x 12 patches of it for $3, ended up getting 3 of the white and some fabric dye to make my own colors. Thanks for the help guys.
     
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    GAT Dumbfounded

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    I use craft fur to tie these guys with and without the lip. Bass like them.

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    Gene,

    Are you buying or making those lips? If the are made pop up an SBS.
     
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    Rob, I buy them. They're called Flylipps. They are easy to tie on and work pretty well. I just started using them a couple of years ago.

    http://www.bearsden.com/product11794.html

    I got to know the inventor of the product. He lives on the east coast and originally designed them for saltwater patterns. I tried to convince him to make them in smaller sizes for trout patterns ... like a size for a damselfly nymph pattern so the fly would wiggle... same as the real bug.

    He said it would be cost prohibitive and would actually cost him more to make them smaller than larger.

    So much for my lipped damselfly nymph pattern idea.
     
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    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    And the 2mm craft foam you can buy in a wide spectrum of colors at a craft store comes in full sheets, as opposed to same stuff sold in tackle shops at a higher price & greatly reduced volume. The ladies at the various craft stores & Joanne's Fabrics know me by name now . . .
     
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    Tacoma, I assume you saw my above post in regards to the lips.
     
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    Yes thanks. I was thinking for saltwater patterns. Perhaps a clear straw cut and "heat molded" with hot forceps would work for you.

    Something else that I've use are Pulse Disks that have been effective for SRC and resident coho this past 3-4 months. I'm experimenting on making my own but I've not found the best material (size, clarity, stiffness) yet.

    http://brineflyinnovations.com/index.php?page=how-does-the-pulse-disc-work
     
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    just something a little different than Roger's sequin tube fly...
     
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    The Fishlipps were originally designed for salt water patterns. I'm aware of the Pulse Disks but have never tried them.

    Thanks, BTW, for a link to somewhere I can buy genuine craft fur.