Posts Tagged ‘feathers

15
Jul
15

Bird’s eye….

“The Sky is falling!” – Chicken Little

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29
May
14

Bird’s Eye View

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13
Feb
14

Marabou: Excellent Fly Tying Material

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The macro lens reveals the Marabou tail feather is not of the best quality that I used.

Here is an excellent piece re Marabou feathers by Paul Joergensen at Global Fly Fisher

16
Dec
13

Fly Tying: Starling & Ostrich Nymph

SB Starling and Ostrich SwittersBStarling & Ostrich Nymph, Size 18 

Ostrich & Starling SwittersB

15
Nov
13

Photography: Caped Beauty

A cape of hen hackle that shows the beauty of the feathers combined in the whole. In fly tying, individual feathers are pulled from the cape to create effects for wings, legs, tails…suggestions of life and motion in fly pattern design. Here the combined feathers are quite beautiful in this macro shot.

Cape Beauty SwittersB Macro

25
Oct
13

Ninnie the Cat: Caught with Fur & Feathers!!!

At an ungodly hour this morning, Emma the Dog was very persistent in trying to get me up. Emma has an internal alarm clock for morning chow that is unsettling in its accuracy. This was too early, plus Ninnie the Cat has taken to assisting Emma the Dog in getting me up for morning food by standing on my chest and turning in circles. Ninnie was no where to be seen.

Emma persisted. She must have to go outside. Ugh. Ok, I got up and sleepily wandered downstairs. A rustling sound. Emma stopped and sat. Odd. More rustling sounds. I peered around the corner into the living room where my ‘temporary’ fly tying’ station is arranged.

Whoa!!!! There was Ninnie the Cat knee deep in fur, feathers and tying thread!!! That little @#$&!

Ninnie Tugging Feathers SBThese particular materials had been strewn about yesterday afternoon when I came home from work. I could not identify the culprit at the time (Ninnie or Penny). I stuffed the materials into a bag and stuffed that bag well beneath a heavier object at the bottom of a cardboard box. Well determination and predatory instincts prevailed it appears.

Maybe Emma the Dog was snitching on Ninnie the Cat. Paybacks for her nagging habit of attacking Emma’s always wagging tail?

22
Jun
13

Momentary Chest Pains………….

hair grizzly

I guess I should explain for the non-fly tier/fisher: A few years ago the hackle industry was overwhelmed with the then fashionable style of long cock feathers blended in with the hair. Less worthy feathers were  used for earrings too. The trend passed and the feathers again became a bit more plentiful in fly shops for tiers. In looking at this above image, I believe the look is actual feathers, but rather the hair colored into a grizzly pattern. I do hope so…..




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