Yak Hair Spider

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Yak Hair Spider

Post by Old Hat » Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:51 am

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

Post by letumgo » Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:32 am

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.
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Re: Yak Hair Spider

Post by Theroe » Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:31 pm

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?
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Re: Yak Hair Spider

Post by hankaye » Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:43 am

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 ... :?

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Re: Yak Hair Spider

Post by Fishnkilts » Tue Feb 02, 2021 6:57 pm

The segmented body the hair makes looks great and I like the color too. Well done.
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Re: Yak Hair Spider

Post by Old Hat » Sun Feb 07, 2021 7:55 am

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
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Re: Yak Hair Spider

Post by letumgo » Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:33 am

I look forward to seeing subsequent generations. You do nice work Carl.
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Re: Yak Hair Spider

Post by Roadkill » Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:44 pm

Beautiful fly!! 8-)

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

Post by Old Hat » Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:21 am

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
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