John I need to try some of those hooks, I am getting low on hooks. Always looking for good hooks to try.
Pete some of the bigger ones are to about 5"-6", probably a little longer then needed. I my get some short strikes but I have some beautiful and very long saddles to use.
Also for deer hair, your best bet is a good online fly shop. In fact, funny you mention Chris Helm, place an order with him through his store, he ships, great guy to talk to on the phone. I just purchased an order from him. He processes his own deer and also resells some. His latest resells is Nature's Spirit deer hair patches, quality spinning deer hair. I told him I wanted a huge patch of natural white/grey, he sent me a 6x12 patch from under the belly for 20 bucks that he processed himself. Its friggen huge. I also splurged and bought these beautiful german made scissors, Solinger, for 47 bucks. They cut deer hair like butter. I bought a few spools of Gel spun X2, that stuff is strong yet very fine.
Harry, I will tie a few with bald eagle and condor, and maybe do do birds, but my stocks are low, gotta pick up some more