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Default Beaver pelts for flies

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I have a buddy who does a lot of trapping, He has a few beaver pelts. He has offered them to me but I do not want them if I am not going to use them. Are beaver pelts good for fly tying? What would you tie with them?
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The fur makes wonderful dubbing. Guard hairs could be used as a tailing material on nymph or dry fly patterns, or even as wings on small streamers but primarily dubbing.

Even a small size beaver would likely be a lifetime supply of tying material for the average tier.

Beavers, like most furbearer animals that spend much of their time in or around the water have glands that secrete oils that makes the fur very suitable for dry flies. Mink & muskrat are other such animals, so if your friend has beaver pelts, he may also have other usable furs for tying!
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Lifetime tying supply and you'll still have enough left over to make a nice winter hat.

I have a small patch and it sure looks like it could be used in place of fox and many other things. I've seen it used on wetflies/nymphs.
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Cool, thanks. I did get a half dozen muskrats from him already. I think he has mink as well. We have a few pine Martians as well.


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Cool! I used to do a lot of trapping too. I caught red & gray fox, raccoons, muskrats, beavers, opossums, and the occasional mink or otter. All good for tying!
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Recently got a nice piece myself and blended up some dubbing, nice stuff. Mix it with rabbit, squirrel or something that sparkles and you can have a lot of great dubbings.
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