Good Bleached Yearling Elk

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I'm Looking for a good source of elk hair to tie my most used dry pattern, you guessed it, EHC. I've bought four separate pieces from Orvis, 2x in natural, 1 in bleached, and 1 in coastal deer hair I think. None of them have the lighter cream color hairs I am looking for. Maybe I'm buying the wrong thing? I'm looking for a more hands on dealer where I could maybe even see pictures of the hair, I started getting hackle off a PA guy on etsy and its phenomenal. I'd just like to get something similar in quality and price.

Thanks guys
 

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I'm Looking for a good source of elk hair to tie my most used dry pattern, you guessed it, EHC. I've bought four separate pieces from Orvis, 2x in natural, 1 in bleached, and 1 in coastal deer hair I think. None of them have the lighter cream color hairs I am looking for. Maybe I'm buying the wrong thing? I'm looking for a more hands on dealer where I could maybe even see pictures of the hair, I started getting hackle off a PA guy on etsy and its phenomenal. I'd just like to get something similar in quality and price.

Thanks guys
The general consensus is that your best option is to get hold of the guys at Blue Ribbon Flies in Montana and explain what you are looking for and ask them to select some from their collection there. That’s true for almost all types of hair for tying.

The next alternative is to hand select at a good fly shop. And the third choice, but still better than most, is to buy the Nature’s Spirit packaged pieces of hide.

Actually the best is to hand select your own at Blue Ribbon, but since you are in Pennsytucky, that may be a long drive.

I have just been tying a bunch of X Caddis (basically a no-hackle EHC with a sparkle trailing shuck). I am also trying some using the EP Trigger Point fibers as a wing instead of hair and those may be a good option that you might want to try. (Blue Ribbon also sells those fibers). They also work as the wing for Sparkle Duns and Compara Duns.

Good luck,

Don
 

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I'm Looking for a good source of elk hair to tie my most used dry pattern, you guessed it, EHC. I've bought four separate pieces from Orvis, 2x in natural, 1 in bleached, and 1 in coastal deer hair I think. None of them have the lighter cream color hairs I am looking for. Maybe I'm buying the wrong thing? I'm looking for a more hands on dealer where I could maybe even see pictures of the hair, I started getting hackle off a PA guy on etsy and its phenomenal. I'd just like to get something similar in quality and price.

Thanks guys
You can use deer hair for the EHC. Ask for EARLY season hair.

Here is deer hair from BRF. I go there every year and look for hair.

The one on the right is early season bleached deer hair which I hand selected. The hair is less than 1" long. The photo is a macro of the hair to show the short tips.

 

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Thanks for the replies guys. I've heard good things about Blue Ribbon from multiple people now, I'll have to check them out. I ordered a couple of packs of spirit from a local shop. Too bad they only have a warehouse and no storefront for me to come pick through. Thanks for the tips too, I'll try to post what I come up with.

Also pretty jealous of those patches there silver, that right one is exactly what I'm looking for haha
 

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I’ve been a customer of BRF since 1983. First time I saw Craig Matthews he was tying sculpins. BRF is my go to store for hair, bird skins and zelon, of course. If you are ever in W. Yellowstone it is worth a visit.

In my opinion, the guys at BRF are just behind LaFontaine for practical, simple tying innovations. I feel guilty because the X caddis, Iris caddis and variations of the serendipity, including the pheasant tail version, have replaced many other complicated patterns in my box. All of the above can be tied in a jiffy and work.
 

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I'm another happy customer of BRF's! As the others have said, give them a call and tell them what you are looking for, you won't be disappointed!
 

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Give Charlie Craven a call in his shop. He is very accomplished tier as well.

He relocated his shop so he might be difficult to reach now.
 

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I can't help with where to source the hair but would like to say hi and...…. what part of PA are you in?
Hi Ard! I'm from the SW PA portion but I mainly fish central and north central PA. I see you're in Alaska, I can't wait to go fish there!!
 
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