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Old 05-08-2004, 02:38 PM   #1
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Anyone know where i can buy polar bear fur ( dubbing) legally?

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Old 05-08-2004, 03:27 PM   #2
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You might try on the Fly Fishing board... I bet someone over there will know.
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Old 05-08-2004, 03:31 PM   #3
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I think I saw some in a blue Willie Asaltor ... might be <ahem> a bear to get a hand full of it, though!
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Old 05-08-2004, 03:57 PM   #4
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That's the one I was thinking of too, Pete!!!

I think he looks a little like this:



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Old 05-08-2004, 04:10 PM   #5
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Plop this 2" bear in water and he starts to grow!
He expands to 600% of his original size. Out of
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Got a back yard full of Malamute fur if you want some?

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Old 05-08-2004, 05:39 PM   #6
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I don't know about legal, but have seen it on ebay recently. Do a search in "Great Outdoors" on "fly tying" and dig through the results. A lot of the material seems a bit overpriced but some unusual stuff there and lots of books.
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Old 05-08-2004, 05:54 PM   #7
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You can find it at any fly shop in Canada. Go to berrysbait.com
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Old 05-08-2004, 08:38 PM   #8
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The fly shop in Hood River had some, but it was very expensive.
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Old 05-09-2004, 02:19 AM   #9
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Well, will forewarn you. It's VERY hard to find legal polar bear, especially stuff used for dubbing. Make sure if you buy some, it has ALL the permits with them showing proof it is CITES legal. It's so expensive because of it's rarity. Will also warn that you can buy in Canada, but if you're caught bringing it back in it's a federal offense. Beware of those guys on ebay selling it. They will tell you it's legal when it's not. I had found a guy selling what he called "legal heron" for tying speys. Asked what he had and if he had the correct permits. Said they were not needed for the species. Contact one of the local agents and was informed that they are endangered and are illegal to have in possession. I emailed the guy, and he pulled his auctions.

Instead of using polar bear, use seal. Easier to find that legally then Polar Bear. Plus, has the same translucent fibers and takes a dye easy too. I'm working with a vendor now who carries legal seal fur. I do believe either Hunters Angling on the East Coast or maybe it's Anglers Workshop carries seal fur dubbing. If you're interested, email me and I can look through my catalogs.
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Old 05-09-2004, 05:14 AM   #10
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It can be sold legally if the seller can prove that it was killed prior to 19XX and I can't remember the date. It is still available in a lot of foreign countries but it's probably not in your best interest to bring it into this country. I came across a pile of it in a little fly shop in Vienna, Austria and was affraid to buy any for just that reason.
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Old 05-09-2004, 11:51 AM   #11
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A guy in or near Spokane Wa. is tying and selling "Polar Bear Fly's" used primarily in Lake Pend Orielle, Idaho for Kamloops (big rainbows). They are sold in a few retail stores in the area starting at $8.99 and up to about $22.99 per fly. These are big streamers 3-7" in length, and trolled off planer boards. IMHO these are the best fly made for these Kams so I own about 20 in the $8.99-$12.99 range. You may be able to get in contact with the guy via Sportsmans Warehouse in Spokane, they carry a good selection of his product.
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Old 05-09-2004, 01:36 PM   #12
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Anchorpoint, Nice to see someone from Northern Idaho! I have a place overlooking Garfield Bay on Lake Pend Oreille. Idaho resident but I reside in Oregon about 6 months out of the year. Have you had a chance to go after those Kams this year? I am still waiting on my boat to be built.
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Old 05-10-2004, 04:22 PM   #13
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Yes I have Sledder, just got through with this Spring K&amp;K Derby. I am in the same "BOAT" as you, meaning I'm awaiting a new 23' NR Seahawk due next month. I fished the Derby with 2 Buddy's in my neighbors 18.5' Lund and that ride handled the big lake suprisingly well!!! In 5-days of fishing we caught 36 Kams, the largest was only 13lbs, but was worth $100 Big Fish of the day on Wednesday 04/28. I'm traveling this week so don't check my email, but keep in touch 'anchorpoint@attglobal.net'.

PS. What kind of ride are you waiting on?

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Old 05-10-2004, 05:07 PM   #14
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the guy in spokane is named john waite, author of a book called (i think) the serious fisherman.

i searched google for his contact info last year and found him. he gets the polar bear from old mounts and rugs, i believe. nice stuff for winging summer run flies, but don't let him talk you into the dubbing. it's tough to work with and, in my opinion, trilobal or seal looks just as good...
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Old 05-10-2004, 07:06 PM   #15
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BTF you're right on the money, I recognize the name once you mention it. I didn't know he was an author. What kind of length can you get out of the Seal? For the Kams we need about 4".....
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Old 05-10-2004, 07:22 PM   #16
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Six to eight inches from a heavy pelt. (opps. I thought you were talking about bear.)
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Old 05-10-2004, 07:25 PM   #17
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Do you REALLY want to hook up with a fish that eats polar bears?!

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Old 05-10-2004, 08:05 PM   #18
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Long shanks,
The Numb Butt Fly CO. in Madras has some polar bear dubbing in assorted colors in a "price as marked" bin in their shop. You migh also try Dan Bailey's or Kauffman's Streamborn catalogues.
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