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SquareEgg  
#181 Posted : Saturday, February 17, 2018 7:23:59 PM(UTC)
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Size 10 buggers are the closest I've ever been to tying wet flies!

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William Schlafer  
#182 Posted : Saturday, February 17, 2018 9:44:08 PM(UTC)
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I like the collar on those squirrel streamers. What is the material? Emerger yarn?


Sculpting Fiber in Redfish color.


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OTC_MN  
#183 Posted : Monday, February 19, 2018 1:56:28 AM(UTC)
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Finally got the jig box filled up.

On to...something else

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OTC_MN  
#184 Posted : Monday, February 19, 2018 2:13:38 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: William Schlafer Go to Quoted Post
Attempted to tie some soft hackle flies this weekend. I picked up some Partridge hackle at my local fly shop. Bought the only two packages they had on the rack: some light Grizzly and Olive. Despite the bags being fairly large (8" x 4") after sorting I found that only a portion of of the Grizzly feathers were usable, and none of the Olive. There were also just a few feathers in the bag of the right size.

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The top feather is the preferred shape and consistency to give a good hackle wrap. The bottom feather is mostly fluffy loose fibers that won't palmer very well. Most of the feathers in the bag were this type. However, these could make for good Marabou type tails for streamers - so not a total loss. After doing a bit of research on the interweb on the subject, I ordered some Partridge capes that I think will produce more usable feathers for soft hackle patterns.



For soft hackles, you're so much better off buying a skin than loose feathers. I bought a bag of olive partridge a while back, and I think I threw away all but about 20 feathers. The rest of the bag was junk.

Partridge is just awesome, and you get an eternity's worth of feathers off a good skin. The Whiting 4Bs are pretty nice too. The Whiting Coq de Leon soft hackles are *really* nice...
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#185 Posted : Monday, February 19, 2018 2:29:44 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: OTC_MN Go to Quoted Post


For soft hackles, you're so much better off buying a skin than loose feathers. I bought a bag of olive partridge a while back, and I think I threw away all but about 20 feathers. The rest of the bag was junk.



That's been my experience too. The only good thing about the bagged stuff is it's relatively cheap. I've figured out a few tricks to use the junky stuff for other purposes, so it's not a total waste.

The Feather Emporium has really good high quality feathers for fly tying. A local company too (Madison, I think). I plan to order a couple of full skins once I use up all my bagged stuff.


-Bill

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