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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-26-2016, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Squirrel hides

I have a couple of squirrel hides in the freezer. I want to use them to tie flys. Is borax ok as a preservative or should I tan them?
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Re: Squirrel hides

I've stretched them, worked any fat off them, then salted the crap out of them before and it worked just fine. after a few weeks i cleaned the salt off, applied new and let it sit again. Don't remember exactly how long but i still have them and use them for fly tying.

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Re: Squirrel hides

Another suggestion - clean the hides thoroughly using a warm mixture of water and Dawn detergent. After rinsing, let dry completely. Then cut off all fur and put in a coffee grinder to mix fur into spiky dubbing. Put into zip lock bags until needed.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2016, 02:21 AM
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Re: Squirrel hides

if you tan it you can cut zonker strips of them. Great for making leach,streamer and "worm" patterns

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