Deer hair is normally described as hollow, This doesn´t mean that it´s hollow like a drinking straw, but that each hair is built up of hundreds of small air ﬁlled cells. This type of hair structure is most deﬁned in deer from areas with an extreme winter climate. The result, the colder it is, the better the spinning qualities, with some exceptions.
The hair from our own reindeer and the north american caribou. In order to achieve optimal insulation, these hairs hold so many air cells that they have a tendency to be brittle, and break under the pressure of tying thread.
The winter coat of the Norwegian roe deer has many air ﬁlled cells and is ideal for spinning, packing and clipping. While the hair from the summer coat is somewhat stiffer and extremely ﬁne. A ﬁrst class hair for tails and winging dry ﬂies.
The colour varies from light red brown on the summer coat to dark grey with darker barred tips on the winter coat. The best hair for spinning is found with darker barred tips on the winter coat. The best hair for spinning is found on the back of the roe along the spine. This hair is extremely dense, not at all brittle, and ﬂoats like a cork.
The chalk white hair on the rump is excellent for dying, or for patterns that require white deer hair. You should also be aware that the roe mask has a diversity of hair that is difﬁcult to equal. Here you will ﬁnd hair in many different lengths, shades of brown and coarseness. Ideal for dry´s from # 10 and down to the very smallest comparaduns.
Anyone who ties caddis ﬂies shouldn’t be without a roe mask. If you know a hunter or a game keeper, try and secure yourself a whole roe skin, you wont be disappointed.
If any of you are interested I do have a few very nice generous strips of winter roe from December last year for 15 Euro each including postage for Europe: I only have a few so the first to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org