Picric Dyed Mole Skin

A forum to discuss natural and dyed materials used in the tying of various soft hackle patterns for flymphs and other traditional wet fly patterns, as well as where to acquire the materials.

Moderators: William Anderson, letumgo

User avatar
WiFlyfisher
Site Admin
Posts: 364
Joined: Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:28 pm
Location: Cheesehead
Contact:

Picric Dyed Mole Skin

Post by WiFlyfisher » Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:56 pm

I picked up a picric dyed mole skin ($3.50) from Jim Slattery in his fly shop at Campfire Lodge. FYI, he has more in stock. Plus, a couple other colors.

So how do you remove the short mole fur to use it (rake, pluck or cut)????
Attachments
picric-dyed-mole.jpg
picric-dyed-mole.jpg (77.62 KiB) Viewed 269 times
User avatar
letumgo
Site Admin
Posts: 9649
Joined: Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:55 pm
Location: Buffalo, New York
Contact:

Re: Picric Dyed Mole Skin

Post by letumgo » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:58 pm

Mostly I use scissors to clip off what I need, then finger blend the fur for tying.

I’ve used a rake (metal) and pinch/pull method to. They all work, but I like scissors best.

I wish I could get my hands on one of the old LAW Ceramic rakes. They are supposed to have excellent for working with mole skins and rabbit masks.
Ray (letumgo)----<°))))))><
http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php? ... er=letumgo

"Casting a fly rod in these tight quarters takes patience (swearing quietly to ones self helps too)."
wsbailey
Posts: 458
Joined: Fri Feb 27, 2009 6:30 pm
Location: Fort Wayne Indiana

Re: Picric Dyed Mole Skin

Post by wsbailey » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:17 pm

Occasionally, the LAW dubbing rakes come up for sale on eBay but the price is usually staggering. I read the problem is he can't get that exact ceramic anymore.
User avatar
WiFlyfisher
Site Admin
Posts: 364
Joined: Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:28 pm
Location: Cheesehead
Contact:

Re: Picric Dyed Mole Skin

Post by WiFlyfisher » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:56 am

For raking the fur I wonder how something like a Wahl replacement blade for animal clippers would work with a 1/16" cut length? It would be easier to adjust the angle in your hand than a hacksaw blade.

https://www.amazon.com/Wahl-Professiona ... B014HCXY0E
Attachments
Wahl-replacement-blade.jpg
Wahl-replacement-blade.jpg (33.21 KiB) Viewed 253 times
User avatar
tie2fish
Posts: 4860
Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2009 9:11 am
Location: Harford County, MD

Re: Picric Dyed Mole Skin

Post by tie2fish » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:11 am

I use the "pluck" method; it lets you take only what you need and puts it where it is best handled (in your fingers).
In ancient times, cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
daringduffer
Posts: 1704
Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:11 am

Re: Picric Dyed Mole Skin

Post by daringduffer » Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:32 pm

WiFlyfisher wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:56 am
For raking the fur I wonder how something like a Wahl replacement blade for animal clippers would work with a 1/16" cut length? It would be easier to adjust the angle in your hand than a hacksaw blade.

https://www.amazon.com/Wahl-Professiona ... B014HCXY0E
Interesting idea, John. Try it - you have a 30 days satisfaction guarantee. (I stick to my Law rake. It was rather cheap when I bought it).

dd
User avatar
Theroe
Posts: 473
Joined: Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:42 pm
Location: New York City

Re: Picric Dyed Mole Skin

Post by Theroe » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:16 pm

WiFlyfisher wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:56 am
For raking the fur I wonder how something like a Wahl replacement blade for animal clippers would work with a 1/16" cut length? It would be easier to adjust the angle in your hand than a hacksaw blade.

https://www.amazon.com/Wahl-Professiona ... B014HCXY0E
That’s exactly when I use, John. And it works like a charm .
Trifly
Posts: 23
Joined: Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:18 pm
Location: Firestone Colorado

Re: Picric Dyed Mole Skin

Post by Trifly » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:58 pm

I use a razor blade.
REE04419
Posts: 13
Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:40 am

Re: Picric Dyed Mole Skin

Post by REE04419 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:45 am

Luckily, I was given a LAW ceramic rake when they were still available. I was tying at the Albany, Oregon show and mentioned to some folks that you could use sections of hack saw blades as rakes, varying the TPI for different uses. One of the folks watching asked about the LAW rakes and I said they were supposed to be great, but very dear, so I had never used one. The second day of the show a small package addressed to REE showed up on my tying desk. In it was a LAW ceramic rake. Turns out it was from a new fan of soft hackles and flymphs that lives in Oregon. We still chat often.
User avatar
hankaye
Posts: 5839
Joined: Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:59 pm
Location: Arrey, N.M. aka 32°52'37.63"N, 107°18'54.18"W

Re: Picric Dyed Mole Skin

Post by hankaye » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:14 am

Howdy All;

I was lucky as well, when I first started tying and was the "New guy" here I received a package
one day that had I think 3 mole pelts in different colors and a Wasatch dubbing rake. I've used
it quit a few times and it works very well. Might set up an ebay search for one of them as well.

hank
Striving for a less complicated life since 1949...
Post Reply