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Racoon Strips for Pike Flies

Postby AMJohnston » Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:00 pm

As I begin to think about getting ready for my annual trip to Scott Lake Lodge in northern Canada, I found this neat site that deals primarily in pike fishing. (http://pikeflyfishingarticles.blogspot.com/). Fun site with a Baltic flavor.
The guy who runs the site is a big fan of racoon strips for pike flies instead of rabbit strips. I bought a few packages out of curiosity (it is a hard product to find) and the fur is definitely different than rabbit-thicker, more layers and longer fibers.
Has anyone worked with racoon strips before ? Any tips or traps to watch out for?

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Re: Racoon Strips for Pike Flies

Postby toddkfly » Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:25 pm

Thought I saw some at the Orvis store hre in Richmond last time I was in there. MB82 can fill us in. What I remember was dyed and had real long, soft fibers. Pretty sure it was racoon. Was thinking about a hank for some tarpon bugs.

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Re: Racoon Strips for Pike Flies

Postby mb82 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:37 pm

toddkfly wrote:Thought I saw some at the Orvis store hre in Richmond last time I was in there. MB82 can fill us in. What I remember was dyed and had real long, soft fibers. Pretty sure it was racoon. Was thinking about a hank for some tarpon bugs.

Finn racoon zonker is what I think you are thinking of. Yeah I have player around with it and it makes a nice fly. I could see using it in a pike fly definitely, might have to make some muskie flys out of it for this summer. The strips are in between zonker and magnum zonker in width as I remember but the hide is much stronger then rabbit from what I have been told.
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Re: Racoon Strips for Pike Flies

Postby meatstick » Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:34 pm

Take lots of pics, Andy ... always enjoy those reports from
Scott Lake Lodge. Too cool.

Try a Tuna Tux and sinking line for those Lakers. ;)

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Re: Racoon Strips for Pike Flies

Postby BlueHeron » Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:12 am

Ditto on the have fun and post pics message.
And if the coonskin flies work - let me know, I could have a supply. :mrgreen:
Been thinking about a danial boone hat too
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Re: Racoon Strips for Pike Flies

Postby meatstick » Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:06 am

When I was 15 we had one of them masked devils raiding the trash cans at night. I shot him with a Marlin 39A lever .22cal and layed him on the patio till morning. Someone had given me a "tanning kit" and I had plans to make him into a hat. I didn't know at the time, but to do it right you need more than one raccoon.

Next day I skinned the animal in the garage. I then was working on something with a wood rasp and nicked the
back of my left thumb ... not a bad wound, just a scratch
... but I had not washed my hands after skinning the raccoon.

Following morning I awoke with a throbbing thumb and the blood vessels on my left arm were "red" ... it was a Sunday.
Even at 15 I knew this was not good. Told my parents: "ya
better get me to the hospital, I've got blood poisioning". They were not convinced but took me anyway.

ER Doc told my parents: "he's got a blood infection, we're
gonna keep him".

I was in a room for 2 days with a I.V. trickle of antibiotics.

I've often thought that the raccoon almost got his revenge.

Never made the hat. Neighborhood dog ran off with the hide after it was tanned. I'm convinced the infection was due to the raccoon.

A few yrs later I was deer hunting in West-by-God. I was sitting on a log at the edge of a pine thicket when the world's most beautiful red fox ran into view about 30 feet from me and just stood there posing (like shot me now, dumby). Again, I had visions of a really cool hat (with head left on, of course) ... but I remembered the raccoon and lowered the sights on my Hawken rifle.

It was a good gun and kilt the bear that kilt me ...
(nah, that's another story).

Anyway, Foxy Loxy died of old age I bet. All skinning has been done with surgical gloves since.

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Re: Racoon Strips for Pike Flies

Postby Emerson » Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:18 am

Ah ha...that explains the situation a bit...aliens might be the cause for the rest.. :lol:
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Re: Racoon Strips for Pike Flies

Postby meatstick » Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:27 am

Nope, I gots a football helmet covered with tin foil.

Keeps out the cosmic rays and their mind-control tricks.

Shouldn't you be shovelin' ??

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Re: Racoon Strips for Pike Flies

Postby BlueHeron » Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:10 am

JMMMLB at a younger age (he'd have looked beter in coonskin, methinks)
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Re: Racoon Strips for Pike Flies

Postby meatstick » Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:49 pm

I think I know that guy.

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