Archive for December 9th, 2009

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Fly Tying With Waterfowl Feathers (Pleasing, Barred and Natural)

Mallard, Teal, Wedgeon, Gadwall are water fowl birds that produce barred feathers (in varying degrees depending upon the bird) which provide a pleasing natural element to patterns. The feathers can come died, but the natural tones are most pleasing to me for streamer patterns. These feathers are not wound on as a hackle (unless for larger flies like steelhead or salmon patterns). Here is a simple tutorial on how to apply the feather around the shank and maintain the length.




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