Choosing Hair with Kelly Galloup
Reprinted with permission from Galloup’s Slide Inn

Spinning Hair

Premo Deer Hair

     

Premo Deer Hair comes in 2.5" x 12" strips and offers the best value for the fly tyer.  As Kelly mentioned in the video, it is difficult to find strips with great hair all the way through, but you can generally count on 75% of usable material. We do our best to hand select these to meet your needs, and a good premo strip will last a year or two for the average fly tyer. 

Nature's Spirit Spinning Deer Hair

These 3" x 4" patches are the cream of the crop, and the best and most consistent spinning hair we've found on the market thus far. Nature's Spirit Spinning Deer Hair is perfect for tying larger articulated patterns and bass bugs, and comes in a wide array of fishy colors.

Deer Belly Hair

Deer Belly is not always the best quality hair, but one advantage it offers is the selection of bright colors it is available in.  Because it's s dyed over the natural white color of the belly, we are able to get vibrant red, pink, and chartreuse colors that are perfect for bass bugs, divers, and pike or musky flies.  Deer Belly is also the only spinning hair that you can get in fluorescent white, which is what we use for the heads on white Sex Dungeons, Heifer Groomers, and Zoo Cougars. 

Nature's Spirit Spinning Cow Elk

Cow Elk is a great choice for larger flies where hair length is critical. These

3" x 4" patches contain some of the best spinning elk hair we have found,

and the hair is generally a half to three quarters of an inch longer than the spinning deer hair mentioned above.

  

Deer and Elk Hair for Dry Flies and Nymphs

Nature's Spirit Stimulator Deer Hair

Stimulator Hair is from the backstrip of mid to late season Whitetail, and has just the right stiffness and compression for wings on large dry flies.  This is also a great choice for heads and collars on small to medium sized streamers, and the barring is really noticeable when you pull it out of the stacker. 

Nature's Spirit Stimulator Deer Hair

Stimulator Hair is from the backstrip of mid to late season Whitetail, and has just the right stiffness and compression for wings on large dry flies.  This is also a great choice for heads and collars on small to medium sized streamers, and the barring is really noticeable when you pull it out of the stacker. 

Nature's Spirit Stimulator Deer Hair

Stimulator Hair is from the backstrip of mid to late season Whitetail, and has just the right stiffness and compression for wings on large dry flies.  This is also a great choice for heads and collars on small to medium sized streamers, and the barring is really noticeable when you pull it out of the stacker. 

Nature's Spirit X-Caddis Deer Hair

X-Caddis Hair is perfect for tying all your caddis patterns, but also works great for small mayflies and stoneflies as well. 

Nature's Spirit Comparadun Deer Hair

 

Only a select percentage of deer hair meets the standards for tying comparaduns and small hair-wing dry flies. The tips have to be short and the hair has to be fine, but not so fine that it won't compress and flare.  This comparadun hair is a favorite of ours for tying anything from tilt wings to sparkle duns, and meets the high standards that Nature's Spirit is known for.

Nature's Spirit Comparadun Cow Elk Hair

 

Comparadun Cow Elk Hair is super tough and is a great choice for tying wings and parachutes on larger dries like drakes and hexes.

Nature's Spirit Early Season Elk Hair

 

This early season cow elk is some of the shortest you will find, and a must for those tyers who prefer elk hair for tying medium to large sized dries.  It's very fine in diameter and averages around 3/4"-1" in length with short, dark tips.