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Stir-Blended Deer Hair
By Alberto Jimeno


Most fly tiers are familiar with flies that have bodies made of clipped deer hair. The Goddard Caddis pictured below is a good example of this kind of fly.

I learned a neat variation for working with deer hair bodies from a Fly Tyer article (Autumn 1999) by Ward Bean. This technique is called stir-blending and allows the tier to mix several colors of deer hair in order to create a fly that has a random, speckled look to it. Stir-blending is great for imitating the coloration of a sculpin, the wings on a caddisfly, and many other species. The Goddard Caddis pictured below was tied using the stir-blend technique. Note how the "wings" are no longer solid but have a mottling that is similar to that of a natural.

All you need to stir-blend deer hair is a hair stacker and a stirring rod. I like to use a metal crocheting hook as my stirring rod. Clip small bunches of each color of hair, comb out the underfur, clip the tips, and feed them into the stacker. Once all the hair is in the stacker tap it a few times to even the hair. Then take your stirring rod and stir it around to blend the hair. Remove the stirring rod and tap the stacker a few more times to even the hair. Now you can remove the hair from the stacker, spin it, and flare it.

Here are pictures of a few more flies tied using the spin-blend technique. The first one is a Sculpin Slider that I like to fish on a sinking line when chasing smallmouth bass.

Here is a dry Fore and Aft pattern.

One last word of advice, when choosing hair for this technique, make sure it is of similar length, that way it will be easier to spin and clip the deer hair body to shape. ~ Alberto Jimeno alberto_jimeno@ti.com


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