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by PhilA
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Favorite feathers
Replies: 27
Views: 1833

Re: Favorite feathers

Choosing a single favorite feather would be impossible, but fortunately many of my favorites are listed above. One, however, is notably missing. For tying small wingless wets, the marginal coverts of English woodcock wings are at or near the top my list of favorites. A soft-hackled pheasant tail... ...
by PhilA
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Hook Porn
Replies: 100
Views: 10254

Re: Hook Porn

Phil, I agree with you 200% about Proper's What the Trout Said ... that book, and Atherton's The Fly and the Fish changed my entire approach to fly tying and fishing for trout, and I'm much better for it.Ed At the risk of straying yet further from Hook Porn, I'll add a couple of more books to those...
by PhilA
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Hook Porn
Replies: 100
Views: 10254

Re: Hook Porn

Something about arcane hooks: Not long ago I picked up something interesting at an angling auction: Datus Proper's travel fly tying kit. His book "What the Trout Said" is pretty good--he talks a lot about various issues related to fly design, and also talks a lot about hooks--complains most are inc...
by PhilA
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Special Dubbing
Replies: 26
Views: 2029

Re: Special Dubbing

Re: the Badger show, haven't been there for several years although I did tie some flies there 5 or more years ago. I tend to stay away from shows unless I tie there as I 'm too tempted to buy more goodies that I'll probably never need in the future whether it be for fly tying or fly fishing. Safer ...
by PhilA
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: What's your...
Replies: 18
Views: 1198

Re: What's your...

I use my most treasured fly tying materials all the time, because the supply is inexhaustible. The materials are first edition copies of books authored by my fly tying heroes. I sit alone with the authors and hear first-hand their insights on fly design and use. I marvel at the writing when it is be...
by PhilA
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Peacock Herl
Replies: 30
Views: 1570

Re: Peacock Herl

I have quite a few CYB capes, old and new, from dark to light....if anyone needs some for a project, pm me. Plus kneecap, chinchilla, list, world famous, Cree, gold, a NATURAL olive, and others.... Theroe, Are your coch-y-bondhu capes rooster or hen? I'm wondering whether what I read about the coch...
by PhilA
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Peacock Herl
Replies: 30
Views: 1570

Re: Peacock Herl

John, I think that's it (kneecap). In conversations with our erudite feather merchant, Dave Roberts, I surmised that kneecap was even rarer than coch-y-bondhu. And, unlike c-y-b, the kneecap color trait *does* show in hens. You're a lucky guy! Either that, or I misremember which of the two is most r...
by PhilA
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Peacock Herl
Replies: 30
Views: 1570

Re: Peacock Herl

A fly essentially identical to the Coch-y-Bondhu has many different names (Shorn Fly, Marlow Buzz, others), but has anyone ever seen a true coch-y-bondhu cape? That would be a cape with red feathers having a black list and black barb tips (black-red-black). I've read that true coch-y-bondhu color on...
by PhilA
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Peacock Herl
Replies: 30
Views: 1570

Re: Peacock Herl

Phil, what ever it is with peacock, movement, shimmering colors in bright light, UV, etc. it is one of the materials that has stood the test of time. Indeed it has. Add to your peacock list the Starling & Herl, which is a near clone of Skues' Little Chap. https://i.imgur.com/AXngSSu.jpg A Starling ...
by PhilA
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Peacock Herl
Replies: 30
Views: 1570

Re: Peacock Herl

What makes peacock herl so effective in fly patterns for trout? John, I suspect the power of peacock in wet flies and nymphs derives from underwater movement of materials. Even when soaked and sodden, those green shiny feather barbules quiver in the currents. Wingless wets, flymphs, and Polly Rosbo...