Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Waterhen Soft Hackles

Feathers of water birds are fascinating... I have just received some waterhen (moorhen, Gallinula chloropus) feathers. The close up shows beautiful olive colored covert feathers, while feathers found under wings are drab grey. The texture of barbules is superb for both wet and emerging dry soft hackles.

Waterhen Bloa (traditional)

Body: Yellow silk dusted with mole dubbing
Wing: Grey feather from under wing of waterhen

Large Olive Soggy Dun (V. M.)

Tail: Microfibetts
Body: Olive silk dusted with mole dubbing
Support dry hackle: Badger clipped on the bottom
Front hackle: Waterhen olive covert feather tied in reverse




What a nice tie! Nice photos!

I will tie up some of these for sure...I don't know the moorhen's feather looks so great! Thanks for posting... I will concentrate on wetflies fishing this winter!

Nice one!


flyfishingunlimited said...

Hey Mark,

I think you will love moorhen's natural olive tones.

Have fun with wets, they are so addictive...