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GldstrmSamSeptember 22nd, 2012, 6:09 pm
Fairbanks, Alaska

Posts: 212
Today is the day that we process turkeys, so that means I have a chance to get some feathers.
Does any body know a fly tying use for any white feathers from different parts of the turkey?
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
CaseyPSeptember 22nd, 2012, 6:41 pm
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
the white body feathers are great for making quills out of for quill-bodied dry flies. check out A.K. Best's patterns. he's got a whole system of stripping and dying them.

they also make nice little posts for parachutes.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
EntomanSeptember 23rd, 2012, 2:19 am
Northern CA & ID

Posts: 2604
Hi Sam,

Yes indeed! Marabou (streamers, emergers, etc.) and neck feathers or "T-base" come to mind (for wing posts on parachute patterns). Some of the body feathers or "flats" are also good, and the leading edges of their flight feathers have long quills that can be dyed to use for quill bodies and stonefly tails. They are much better than goose in terms of toughness and length. In their natural white state they are great for Prince Nymph wings. Lots of useful feathers!
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
GldstrmSamSeptember 24th, 2012, 1:41 am
Fairbanks, Alaska

Posts: 212
Thanks Guys,

By the time I read your posts the turkeys were done, but I did get some off the ground.
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus

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