Friday, March 02, 2007

Starling Soft Hackles

Starling feathers are such a classic material for tying pulsating wet patterns-simple impressionistic nymphs and soft hackles. I prefer starling anytime I need a smaller, dark soft feather. Just like snipe feathers, you can use it for pretty small flies.

Pictured above are Red Tag version of Peacock & Starling, and Weilenmann's Fish & Chips flymph. Notice the incredibly intense red on the upper fly. I used Fluorofibre for the tag. It is the same fiber-optic material I prefer to use for gills on my synthetic baitfish patterns.

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