Shearing season is on at the local Alpaca farm. http://luinagreine.com/. They were nice enough to give me some samples to experiment with my tying. I got nice assortment of red, natural beige, white and black from a juvenile Alpaca's first shearing. Alpaca from juvenile are very fine, follow fiber - could be ideal dry fly dubbing. Today I started with the beige natural Alpaca fiber from an adult. It has very long fibers that dubbing beautifully. Perfect substitute for hare's mask of Aussie possum.
I decided tie my variation of the Gold-ribbed hares ear nymph. My daughter would be happy that Alpaca is a cruel-free alternative to the hare's mask. No alpacas were harmed in the making of this nymph! I will be adding this to the store soon.
Hook: BWO 3769, Tiemco TMC 3769 or Mustad 3906B Size 12
Bead: BWO 3.2 mm gold tungsten
Thread: Uni 8/0 Black
Tail: Medium Coq de Leon
Body: Natural alpaca dubbing
Rib: Danville Size 14 Gold Oval Tinsel