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    Default collecting hair for flies

    im supposed to shoot a doe on a buddys south texas ranch this wknd and i was gonna keep some hair off its back and its tail for flies. a buddy told me the best way to do this is to remove as much meat, then tack it up tight and just salt the hell out of it over and over. will this work fine? any tips? thanks

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    The trick is getting all the fat off. Tack it fur side against a board very tightly stretched.
    Scrap the hide free of flesh and fat. Put it in a cool spot so flies won't find it. Salt it well. After it is dry and stiff, brush off salt, apply glycerine if you want a pliable skin. I freeze the patch just to be sure it is bug free. Then bag it in freezer weight baggy.
    You might consider other parts/colors as well, chest, belly, etc.
    Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.

    Bigfly

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    Hi rjackh,

    Bigfly is right. Make sure you get some of the belly hair. It probably won't be as good hair as the Norther deer but good enough.

    Frank

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    im not that concerned about having it be pliable, i just dont want it to rot and get a lot of slippage and i dont want it to stink like hell everytime i bring it out

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    Default Re: collecting hair for flies

    There won't be a stink if you get all the fat off. Air dry thoroughly, a month at least.
    I don't use moth balls or anything for bugs/smell, that might be telling to the fish.
    Keep everything bagged, and any problem won't contaminate other materials.
    I carry big baggies and collect road kill for free fur and feathers.
    Winter fur is set to the hide, summer stuff will slip off the hide.
    Good luck!
    Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.

    Bigfly

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