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fredaevans 01-24-2002 04:16 PM

Artic Fox fly tieing material
Melanie, Daugher of the infamous "Willie Gunn, tied seven tiny steelhead tube flys for me (wonderfully done I might add) that featured Artic fox tail fur. Does anyone know if this material is available in the States?


NrthFrk16 01-24-2002 04:53 PM

Yes it is Fred. It is most commonly marketed by a company that goes by the name of BowTyer. And there is actually a great book titled Modern Fur Flies that gives a great indepth instruction on how to choose arctic fox and how to tie with it.

...and some of the flies that I am sending in for the swap is actually tied with the BowTyer material.

I will look around for you and see if I can find a website.

NrthFrk16 01-24-2002 04:58 PM


Here is a decent website that sells BowTyer online. BowTyer

When I first started tying with artic fox, I was keyed on just using the artic fox but many of the other furs avaliable through BowTyer have very very similar properties. The fur you will recieve will be dependent on the length and the style of cut you want.

striblue 01-24-2002 06:17 PM

Just bought a pack of it last night at my fly tying session at First light Angler's in Manchester-by-the-Sea... on the north shore of Mass.

John Desjardins 01-24-2002 09:13 PM

The Bow tyer material is interesting. So far I've only used it for tails on wooly buggers though. Anyone have any other suggestions.

fredaevans 01-24-2002 09:20 PM

Why do I think my question ...
is going to cost me a 'lot' of money. Off to bowtie; well got that spelling wrong. I'll also checkwith Mark Bachman at the fly shop to see if he carries/can get the goodies.

NrthFrk16 01-24-2002 09:31 PM

I tie tails with the materials, wings with the materials and the crosscut strips I actually palmer. I believe it is the perfect compromise between the way in which marabou swims and breathes and the bulk and profile that rabbit provides.

Here is a pattern that can be found in the archives that I tied for last years swap. This was tied with the 3xl zoker strips.

pmflyfisher 01-24-2002 10:23 PM

Thanks, got to try some of that. Don't see it at my fly shop here in Chicago.

fredaevans 01-25-2002 04:23 AM

Several places to buy these goodies ..
Interesting the number of 'hits' you get when you plug in 'artic fox + fly' etc. Pricing is quite different ranging from $3 -$5 per packet (don't know for sure if they're of equal size) and a considerable number of colours. Willie Gunn put me on to a UK site but after repeated attempts no luck in getting the site to load. Want to go back and explore this one tho, gather it's one of the largest suppliers in the UK.

Now I know this is going to cost me money.:o

DFix 01-25-2002 08:05 AM

For the New England guys, Hunter's Angling of New Boston, NH had full tails displayed in their booth this past weekend. In the thirties $$$ as I recall.

John Desjardins 01-25-2002 09:07 AM

Ryan, thats a nice fly. I'll have to search the archives to find it.

I think I saw some arctic fox in the castle arms booth at the show last weekend as well.

juro 01-25-2002 09:10 AM

Many of the eastern maritime salmon anglers tie traditional salmon flies with dyed fox hair layered in blue, yellow, red, etc - to create a working man's mixed wing effect. It is very lively in the water and a proven technique.

DFix 01-25-2002 10:11 AM

Sorry, it wasn't Hunter's - it was Castle.

rel1 01-25-2002 01:16 PM


Originally posted by John Desjardins
The Bow tyer material is interesting. So far I've only used it for tails on wooly buggers though. Anyone have any other suggestions.
I had bought a full tail of arctic fox awhile ago and found that the length is perfect for the throats of the flatwings that I tie that call for the hair to be just beyond the bend of the hook. I also use it to enlarge the profile of the deceivers I tie to imitate p'bunker. Another use is for short clousers(anchovies) and top it with some of the backside hairs of a yellow dyed bucktail- a perfect match. Hope this helps get the creative juices flowing.

Willie Gunn 01-25-2002 01:26 PM

The links Fred is talking about are:-

both good British web sites if you all wish a shock check out rod or wader prices remember to $ mutiply by 1.5 roughly.

How artic foxes survive in the artic when their tails are so brightly coloured is a mystery :hehe:


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