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Hi, I was wondering if natural yak hair is used for tying flies. I thought I had seen it referenced a few times as a tying material for saltwater flies. If so, anybody know the supply vs. demand for this material? Thanks!
 

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If so, anybody know the supply vs. demand for this material? Thanks!
Supply far exceeds demand in regards to fly tying as long as you are willing to look outside of the flyfishing market and look instead towards spinning, weaving, knitting fiber suppliers.

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Supply far exceeds demand in regards to fly tying as long as you are willing to look outside of the flyfishing market and look instead towards spinning, weaving, knitting fiber suppliers.
Excellent point. Although I can't recall stumbling on yak hair in the fabric stores I've visited, a quick google search indicates there's a sizable supply for that application. You may have to invest in some acid dye to meet your fly pattern needs if you go that route, but that's all part of the fun. Now if I could only find a craft store that had a good supply of BEP hackle!
 

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I use Spirit River UV Yak Hair for Miyawaki Beach Poppers and some other things. It's tough and doesn't lose it's shape/volume when wet. For example, I use it as tails on shrimp patterns because it stays bulkier when wet compared to marabou. I think that makes the tail look more like claws as opposed to marabou, which shrinks and moves more like a baitfish tail would. I like the idea of using it for Clousers - I might try that in the future.

If nothing else, it's good for getting weird looks from your significant other when you tell them about the cool colored yak hair you bought.
 
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