Here are a couple more quick techniques, for making cork like bodies from deer hair and a deer hair guard.
If you would like a very tight spun body. As you cover the hook shank with spun deer hair using a finger and thumb at the rear of the hair and at the front push and twist your right hand to pack the hair tight together. Repeat this after every bunch of hair is tied in.
Once the body is finished brush out all the fibers with an old tooth brush before you start trimming. This is very important!
Trim your body roughly to the correct size. You can be as detailed as you like at this stage.
Now using a gas lighter, petrol lighters and candles give off too much soot. Carefully burn the surface of the hair body. Taking care not to set it on fire!
The singeing of the hair will tighten the packing and cauterize the tips making it tight and even. Brush off the soot with a tooth brush.
The result is an almost cork like body of perfect spun deer hair with a smooth even finish. That also floats like a cork!
This is another trick for whip finishing large deer hair flies. If you have problems getting in to the hook eye to whip finish, before starting tying cut the end off a rubber washing up glove and make a hole in the finger tip with a dubbing needle. Place the glove finger tip over the bobbin as shown.
Once you have finished your fly the bobbin and finger tip are as shown.
Now for a easy trouble free whip finish just slide the finger tip over the hook and deer hair. Remove the tip after you have whip finished and removed your tying thread.