Posts Tagged ‘starling

05
Nov
19

Pretty Bird…

“The European starling is considered an invasive species in Oregon. It was introduced from Europe.” ODFW
Pretty none the less…great for fly tying too.

29
May
14

Bird’s Eye View

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03
Jan
14

The Finer Four: Delicate & Lively

I put together this macro collage of four fly tying materials that are special for smaller flies (even larger). The materials (Pheasant Tail, Ostrich, Starling, Peacock) are truly wonderful, natural materials that manage well on the smaller flies (16-22). Also, I have found them to be fairly durable (yet delicate) to handle while applying. Give them a try for tails, abdomens, thorax, wings, shucks, legs. They are usually available in fly shops and online. 

Finer Four SwittersB

16
Dec
13

Fly Tying: Starling & Ostrich Nymph

SB Starling and Ostrich SwittersBStarling & Ostrich Nymph, Size 18 

Ostrich & Starling SwittersB

29
Nov
13

Photography: Festive Fly

This small copper bead head pupa pattern (Size 16) almost looks festive for the holidays. A dubbing brush that incorporates those dazzle colors of the spectrum and the Starling wing are wound behind the bead head. A fast sinking pattern for dredging through the riffles and rapids to entice a quick hit. The macro lens shows the simplicity of the pattern.

Copper Beaded Fuzz

Double Click the Image for detailed look

06
Jul
13

Fly Tying: Starling & Herl

starling and herl

03
May
13

Fly Tying: Simple Wet Fly to Tie

cdc-starling-emerger-14SBIn honor of and in response to…the early season mayflies and caddis: a simple wet/flymph (I don’t want to debate what a flymph is picky fly tiers!) here is a simple to tie fly pattern. 

The fly can be fished in the film (surface) or sunk for a straight or swung retrieve.

The ‘recipe’ or pattern for this very simple fly is as follows:

Size 14 heavy wire hook

Size 8/0 thread, black

Tail:  A half dozen strands of Zelon fibers to represent a trailing shuck

Abdomen: A simple thread body wound forward, back and forward over the  Zelon fibers up to the thorax area

Thorax: A spun collar of tan CDC fibers (Duck Butt feathers that float well)

Wing: One plus turns of a Starling feather so the tips of the feather reach back to the abdomen area.




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