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Yak Hair Spider

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:51 am
by Old Hat
I may have posted this before but it falls in connection with the interests in Horse hair bodied patterns.

For this body I used natural yak hair (commonly found for saltwater streamers) and wrapped it over primrose silk. It is a great easily found substitute for horse hair.
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Re: Yak Hair Spider

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:32 am
by letumgo
Beautiful.

Question - Did you taper the thread underbody, or is the taper formed by the changing diameter of the yak hair (maybe both). I really like the shape & color of this fly. Very insect like.

Re: Yak Hair Spider

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:31 pm
by Theroe
Stunning ....
That fly has all required attributes of a “killing pattern”, as they used to say. The translucence, coupled with variation in shades is something I look for.
One question: is yak hair fragile? Does it hold up well to trout teeth?

Re: Yak Hair Spider

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:43 am
by hankaye
Theroe, Howdy;

You asked, " One question: is yak hair fragile? Does it hold up well to trout teeth? "

Most Saltwater fishes have teeth, So I'd reckon that it would just be a matter of which fish
and what teeth it has. Flounder, not so much of a worry. Baby shark on the other hand ... :?

hank

Re: Yak Hair Spider

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 6:57 pm
by Fishnkilts
The segmented body the hair makes looks great and I like the color too. Well done.

Re: Yak Hair Spider

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 7:55 am
by Old Hat
Thanks guys. The yak hair ties nicely. Very strong Dana. I had no problem with pulling it tight and wrapping it, no cracking etc. As Hank said it is used a lot down here for salt water streamers and is considered very durable.

The purposeful taper Ray is just a function of how I tie my spiders using the layers of silk and the stem of the hackle. The Yak hair is not naturally tapered.

I want to play around with this idea a bit more. This is version one. :D

Re: Yak Hair Spider

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:33 am
by letumgo
I look forward to seeing subsequent generations. You do nice work Carl.

Re: Yak Hair Spider

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:44 pm
by Roadkill
Beautiful fly!! 8-)

Was this tied with NE Oregon Yak or local Florida Yak? ;) :)

Re: Yak Hair Spider

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:21 am
by Old Hat
Roadkill wrote: Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:44 pm Beautiful fly!! 8-)

Was this tied with NE Oregon Yak or local Florida Yak? ;) :)
It came form a Florida shop. So local Florida Yak. :D