Fellow Yak Hair Lovers… You asked for it… So here you go!
It’s no secret that my favorite material to use for tying large baitfish patterns is yak hair. I like yak hair so much, that I had a T-shirt designed to honor the material! If your down with the yak hair revolution, feel free to #Yakiswhereitsat your yak hair creations!
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What make Yak Hair so awesome ?
I love this stuff for its translucent qualities, and durability, but also because its length and wiry texture that allows you to create much larger flies. The natural fibers are great for blending because the strands of hair can be counted easily. This allows you to create flies that are more uniform in color and fullness. The coarse hair becomes supple when wet and has a life like quality when stripped.
When you are using a material without tapered tips like yak hair or a synthetic like EP or SF Fiber, you can cut a section so you have two flat ends. The section will contain multiple fibers or hairs that are the same length. You can make the section longer by pulling a few hairs or fibers from the ends. This will make the entire section longer and taper the ends… which means the the limit on the size flies you can tie just went way up!
It’s also is just a touch thicker and stiffer than most synthetics so it doesn’t foul or trap air. Yak hair quickly softens when it saturates with water, and it’s long natural fibers react great to UV light well. It also comes in a variety of colors, and most importantly it is easy to separate individual fibers from the bunch for blending colors. Colors may vary slightly from batch to batch.
Having a hard time finding Saltwater Yak Hair?
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The Yak is Back! Many of you have been asking me where I buy it… and It took me a few years to find a reliable source, but I got it!
It’s no secret that my favorite material to use for tying large baitfish patterns is yak hair, and when it became next to impossible to find, I made it my mission to become the go to guy for Yak! No that you can get your paws on the good stuff you can create oversized ultra realistic flies that big fish eat!