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Old 01-01-2010, 01:59 PM
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I recently purchased deer, elk, and moose hair off of the internet. The hair that I recieved was curly. I tried putting the hair over steam to straighten it but that didnt work to well. Does anybody know anything about how to straighen the hair?
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I'm not sure how long the hair is, but if it is at least a few inches and you know a female with a straightening iron for hair, that would work.
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i was going to suggest hair straighteners lol ,i also thought about a iron on a low heat might work if you cut it into thinish strips but i'm not sure as i'm kinda new to fly tying

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You could try taking / sending it back and explain the problem.
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Did you buy it from an on-line shop or individual? I don't remember any part of a deer or the others that I would call curly...

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Could you post a picture of them? I've never seen curly any of them, let alone curly all of them. Are you sure they sent you what you ordered? Or do you mean it has a curve to it, and not straight like a pencil? Or do you mean kinky at the base end? Body hair on Cervids (deer etc.) is hollow and usually Kind of kinky at the base. Buck tail toward the end is straight at the pointy end of the tail, but gets kinky at the body end. You have peaked my curiosity with this curly hair thing.
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Yeah..its mostly curly at the bottom so im guess thats all it is.
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I have hair from all those animals, and from several suppliers. Never seen
any curly at the base. I'd go with Ard's suggestion of sending it back, or
at least calling the supplier. I'd also be careful to quarantine it from other
fur/feathers, as this doesn't sound kosher at all.
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Default Re: Curly Animal Hair

I'm unsure what you're describing as well, though I've seen hair patches which get somewhat frazzled/kinky if they've been fried in a dye bath for too long. I'd recommend sending the stuff in question back to the dealer though.

As an aside, Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone has about the highest-quality hair (deer, moose, elk, caribou, antelope, and lots of dyed colors) I've seen, and probably is the only place I'd feel safe buying that sort of material online, without seeing it firsthand. Not trying to promo them, it's just been my experience.
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