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Was wondering if someone could give me a hand. I was wondering what material everyone uses for the wings on Butterflies? Looking on line I see that there seem to be a mix between calf tail and other materials. Most of the pictures I see the hair tends to be quite straight which calf doesn't tend to be (usually qute curley)

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I use mostly calf tail, but have sometimes used squirrel or bear. Some of the new synthetic materials like Near Hair also work well. I think the kinky hair of the calf gives the fly a more realistic look, not that salmon seem to care about realistic immitations.
 

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Goat hair works well and stay strait. Calf tail is easy too work with and seems to give more action in water.

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I like Goat hair; it's straight. Also like Polar bear; it has nice sparkling quality in the water, and I have used calf tail. Sometimes calf tail is too curly or twisted, but the action in the water is nice, as Jacques indicated. If so, cut off a chunk and rub it between the palms of your two hands, sliding one hand over the other back and forth, so the clump of rolls between the palms. Sometimes this will straighten the hair somewhat.
 

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Goat Hair is what the original pattern Called for. Some tiers use Yellow wings as it also has taken many Fish .
 

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Goat hair just right. Hard to getgood Quality anymore. Polar bear too stiff/bulky. Calf tail too soft. Pick thru a bunch of calf tails you might find one with straight hair.
 

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This may be a simple question to some, what brand/style/size hooks should be used for tying a butterfly?
Any input would be great!
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I use Mustad 3906B in various sizes. Typically in 6's. Sometimes I will tie up the odd 4 and 8.
 
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