i use pine squirrel strips, both feather craft and j stockard carry them. they don't have the bulk that rabbit has, and they don't mat up like rabbit does. the strips them selves are very easily wrapped around the hook, palmered, and because they are a little less bulky, them don't leave you with a head the size of your thumb when you tie them down.

haven't tied a clouser style strip fly since the early ninties, may have to give them a try again.