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DEADhead

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DEADhead

I finally crossed the line the other night and "borrowed" some underfur and guardhairs from my cat (brown tabby). I needed a substitute for hare dubbing while tying up some hare's ear nymphs. I have to say, that the stuff looks pretty similar, and it tied real nice.

Plus I have an unlimited supply! I'll have to see if the trout like em or not...

I'm sure a million cats out there are hiding now... grin.gif

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WxGuy

Good for you, JP!

Cat and dog hair can be the perfect dubbing if your animal is the right color. I know a guy who has a corgie (sp?) that has perfect hair for scuds...and it allows you to name the fly after your pet! smile.gif

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DEADhead

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and it allows you to name the fly after your pet!


those baetis nymphs I tied can be called Belle's Baetis grin.gif

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DEADhead

here's some of the flies tied with cat dubbing:

Belle's Baetis (tied with dubbing from my cat Belle and partridge hackle)

bellesbaetis.jpg

another Belle's Baetis

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Belle's Baetis Emerger (the wing case is the low part of the partridge hackle)

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Pink Squirrel (tied with cat dubbing)

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Here's a bonus fly i tied tonight:

Orange Scud (tied with the Wapsi Bighorn Orange Sow/Scud dubbing and orange antron for the head and tail)

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WxGuy

Nice flies, JP!

Great use of little kitty. smile.gif

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Craig_S

The only value I've ever seen in a Kitty!

Craig

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Ice9

Small problem...Loch Leven brown trout--those from Furragh and Scotus, in southern Scotland, the ones with the little green spot inside the little orange spot inside the yellow, you know the ones--are allergic to cat dander. (also shellfish, rarely a problem, and sunflower seeds, and latex.) Fish hooked on a cat-fur fly are likely to go into a sneezing fit and you know what that means.

On the other hand, flies tied with cat fur virtually always land hook-down and so tend to appear more lifelike in the surface film.

I found them very effective in Alaska. We'd tie lemming flies with cat fluff and fish them for dog salmon, but the wolves would often take our fish.

ice

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DEADhead

nice one Ice9

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