I remember the first time I ever tried to spin deer hair. It was an abomination of epic proportions. Hours of cussing and endless cutting of hair from deer skins. Slowly and steadily, I learned. I could spin deer hair! But quickly, I learned that spinning deer hair is the easy part. Trimming and stacking is another story.
I personally never really used deer hair flies or tied them for that matter but just recently I started and I can only tell you that it is very, very addicting. The more you do it, the more perfect you want it to be. A friend of mine introduced me to a double edged razor blade. That was it. I understood how tiers got those pretty heads on their spun flies. Still, my first flies were throwaways. Would they catch fish? Probably, but I wanted perfection. After a few flies, I started getting the hang of it. The flies were getting better and better with each fly but still nothing to write home about. A found help from a video I found online of a gentleman with the name of Steve Potter. You can find this video at the WeeklyFly, This video really made me understand the techniques of spinning hair. If you want to learn how to spin, stack and trim deer hair flies, I suggest you check it out. With all that said, I will be sharing my quest for perfection of spinning deer hair through this blog. Check back soon.
This amazing shot is one of Charlie Craven’s deer hair bugs. He currently has a book out for all you fly tying enthusiasts called Charlie Craven’s Basic Fly Tying. You can purchase the book here at Amazon.