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Reviewer: A viewer from IL US
I've got several of these masks in different shades, because I like to mix my own hare dubbing. It gives me the opportunity to exactly match the colors found on insects for my nymphs and other wet fly ties.
Although mixing my own hare dubbing is extra work, I feel the effort does pay off, primarily on the smaller spring fed streams that I fish in the Ozarks. These streams tend to be slower moving, there is a abundant forage base, and the trout get wary due to a lot of fishing pressure. But I've found that matching the colors and texture found on insects gives me an edge.
The masks have a lot of guard hairs for that extra buggy look, imitating legs and antenna stemming from a thorax. There's also plenty of fine and light underfur for a smoother look for a nymph abdomen. So I separate the hair primarily by color, and by guard hare or underfur, when I harvest a cape. I usually cut the guard hare off the mask in clumps and and pull out the underfur, and then rake the mask to remove remaining underfur. I store it in clear zip-loc bags for use later.
Great deal for making hare's dubbing
Reviewer: A viewer from Clovis, CA US
Compared to buying pre-made hare's dubbing, this mask yield's twice the dubbing for the price. Also, the cheek's fur is very soft so you can add more or less to change the texture of the dubbing.
The reason for only 4 stars is that the mask had a slight odor (like the smell of a dead animal). Maybe it wasn't properly preserved. This is my only hare's mask from this company, so maybe it was a fluke.
Lots of material!!
Reviewer: A viewer from Decatur, GA US
For anyone who isn't familiar with the amount of fur you get with this - it is a ton! Very easy to remove a large quantity and blend using an old coffee grinder. Probably won't buy rabbit fur dubbing ever again.
Natural Has Great Fur
Reviewer: A viewer from Missoula, MT US
I've only ever used the natural mask, but for a traditional hare's ear, this will get the job done for not much money. Even though most of us use the pre-blended dubbing most often, it's nice to have the flexibility to go old school when you want. There's also a few patterns out there that call for guard hair and this mask has a decent supply in a variety of colors. My mask did not have any significant offensive odors to speak of.