Antennae material

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Jaapie
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Antennae material

Post by Jaapie » Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:24 pm

Hey fella's,

There's some flies I need to tie that require antennae.

I'm not 100% sure what material to go with that will be realistic, but at the same time quite sturdy and last the distance.

I'm not interested in the super realistic nylon and/or rubber leg version, but thinking something along the lines of a natural material.

I've got a fly here that I'm trying to copy and have no idea what the material is.
It's pretty stiff and quite long........

Bugger it.....let me put the picture up rather than trying to explain.



Lindeanfisher
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Re: Antennae material

Post by Lindeanfisher » Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:33 pm

Kevin
Try boar bristle, we use this on certain salmon flies in Scotland.
This can be dyed or left natural.



Johnno
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Re: Antennae material

Post by Johnno » Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:38 pm

Got a Hare's mask? Use the whiskers... good for that and also body "quills" ...



Wilki
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Re: Antennae material

Post by Wilki » Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:39 pm

Hackle stems stripped and curled under your finger nail can work well...



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fraser hocks
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Re: Antennae material

Post by fraser hocks » Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:08 am

Synthetic paintbrush bristles are perfect for it. Far more durable and consistent than anything iv found that's natural. Just pop to your local paint store and choose the size you want. One brush will last you forever!


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SteveO
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Re: Antennae material

Post by SteveO » Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:59 am

Paint brush bristles are great,make sure to use tapered ones
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Jaapie
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Re: Antennae material

Post by Jaapie » Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:08 am

Thanks a ton guys - you've nailed it.

Great ideas and I even forgot to post the picture up :oops:

Awesome info.

Edit: @Steveo - those look amazing mate.



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