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    Some years ago I was in Yellowstone Park and picked and a couple of large handfulls of the fine winter hair that buffalo put on (they had been rubbing a tree). Really soft fluffy stuff, dark brown. I was checking out my supplies last night and came across it again. Got me to thinking, "Should I try tying something with it?"
    What say you? Should I even consider it?

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    Why not? If it is fine enough to spin then it could work fine. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
    "Whale oil beef hooked !"- Traditional east coast fishermen saying

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    Plenty soft. I just pulled it back out a minute ago to look at it again and rolled some through my fingers. One thing I noticed is that the fiber is really short. Deal breaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by noreaster View Post
    Why not? If it is fine enough to spin then it could work fine. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

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    Bet you it will work really well! Just don't tell to many people you removed it from a tree in Yellowstone ,you may get yelled at!

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    This company

    Fly tying fiber

    was at the FFF last August in Spokane. They had a sampler pack that I picked up, but haven't tried it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idnative1948 View Post
    Plenty soft. I just pulled it back out a minute ago to look at it again and rolled some through my fingers. One thing I noticed is that the fiber is really short. Deal breaker?
    Not at all. In fact, many dubbin recipes call for a whip in the coffee grinder. This will make the fibers very short but still spinable.
    "Whale oil beef hooked !"- Traditional east coast fishermen saying

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    Coug- Thanks for the link. Can't wait to get back up North fishing, but alas, will most likely not be until retirement in two years.

    N'easter- Thanks for the info.

    Quote Originally Posted by coug View Post
    This company

    Fly tying fiber

    was at the FFF last August in Spokane. They had a sampler pack that I picked up, but haven't tried it yet.

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    Thanks for the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idnative1948 View Post
    Some years ago I was in Yellowstone Park and picked and a couple of large handfulls of the fine winter hair that buffalo put on (they had been rubbing a tree). Really soft fluffy stuff, dark brown. I was checking out my supplies last night and came across it again. Got me to thinking, "Should I try tying something with it?"
    What say you? Should I even consider it?
    First, don't lick your fingers while tying with the raw fur. You don't know what can be carried on wild animals. Use a dampened sponge in a dish.

    You can also hand wash the hair with some gentle soap and warm water. You will surprised at how much dirt comes out of the fur.
    Regards,

    Silver



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    Wow! Thanks! Never even crossed my mind. I could end up with buffalosise
    Guessing if I use a little of the Mrs unscented Woolite that she washed hand washes sweaters in should work. Thanks again.


    Quote Originally Posted by silver creek View Post
    First, don't lick your fingers while tying with the raw fur. You don't know what can be carried on wild animals. Use a dampened sponge in a dish.

    You can also hand wash the hair with some gentle soap and warm water. You will surprised at how much dirt comes out of the fur.

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