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    Lightbulb Hunting for my own materials

    Good morning

    I am new to fly tying but often go hunting and figured I could use some of the antelope skins and bird feathers as materials for tying my own flies.
    What I needed to find out is whether one needs to treat the skins/feathers before using them and if so, how/where can this be done?

    Any feedback or references would be greatly appreciated.

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    Birds are almost the best bet for fly tying materials.
    Squirrel is good
    Rabbit is good.

    For the rest, not much
    Make sure the pelts are clean, and the skins properly prepared.
    Put in freezer for 2 weeks, and take out for 3 or 4 days, put back into freezer.

    part of the fun is dying the feathers and skins.
    Normal dyes, Kool aid cooldrink powder, Picric acid etc
    Korrie Broos

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    Hi Korrie

    Thanks for the reply.
    I have had a bit of google and it seems one should skin the animal, wash, pin to a board and borax the skin. Sound about right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by french View Post
    Hi Korrie

    Thanks for the reply.
    I have had a bit of google and it seems one should skin the animal, wash, pin to a board and borax the skin. Sound about right?
    GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND.

    you do not have to pin to a board.
    Get all the fat and meat off, that is important. Coarse salt will work as well.
    some wash the skin as well to get rid of the dirt and fat etc on the hair and feathers.
    Korrie Broos

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    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
    Nymphing, is fly fishing in another dimension

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    And make sure all the living stuff is dead. Freeze, Doom, anything. You don't want mite to get into your feather box.

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