Fly Tying Feathers

Feathers are traditionally used for fly tying, and there are many different kinds which fishermen choose when going out on the boat. One of the most common feathers used for this purpose is golden pheasant. They are used mostly for artificial flies to catch salmon and trout as well as steelhead. The reason that most fishermen use these type of feathers is because they have all the different attractive qualities like color and brightness that are sought out when it comes to fly tying.

Goose biots are also used a lot for fly fishing. They can be found on the very edge of a bird’s wings. Typically fishermen tie these on to a hook shank and they make a great way to catch a number of fish. Although they tend to taper quickly, they are extremely durable, which is just one of the reasons why they are used so much in fishing. If you choose to use these, the best thing you can do is to store them in water for several months. Doing this will help to harden and keep them from becoming too bridle when you finally go fishing.

Hackle is also used in fly tying, and technically this refers to an entire group of feathers, so there are many different options in terms of what you can use. Roosters and hens make up most hackle, and their feathers tend to be very colorful and good for attracting fish in the water. Saddle hackle is especially good for this purpose, and it is located on the backside of the bird. A hackle cape is a great thing to use in fishing, as well as the neck of one of these birds. They are generally very colorful and go along with many wet fly patterns which many fishermen tend to lean towards for this sport.
With the proper tools almost any feather can be used as a fly tying feather.

Of course marabou is also commonly used in fly tying. Because they have especially flexible barbs, they are great to take when going fly fishing. Originally marabou came from the Marabou stork, which is a species that is native to parts of Africa. One of the reasons that true Marabou feathers are so expensive is because it is illegal to harvest them for their feathers. Nowadays these kinds of feathers come from various species of chickens and turkeys. Although they can still be very effective in fly fishing, they are not as good as the original.

Ostrich plumes are another good type of feather for fly tying. They come from ostriches which are native to Africa and are great for feathers which are often used for fly tying by fishermen all over the world. The fact that they have large quills is definitely a plus in terms of how effective they are on the water. Although they are less colorful than many other feathers, they can be used in many different fly recipes and are extremely versatile. They are definitely one of the preferred feathers to use when it comes to effective fly tying.

Finding Feathers for Sale

Finding a variety of feathers for sale can be a challenging endeavor. Second rate chopped and dyed feathers are available at some hobby stores, but buying from a bird owner will give the best quality.
Feathers can be utilized for tying fishing flies, costumes, jewelry, and many other crafty projects. Try making a dream catcher or a necklace. Fans, large or small are very sellable and are used in dance, as part of a costume or in ceremonies. Decorating with feathers is trendy. Try a vase full of colorful Macaw and pheasant plumes or add a few feathers in with your flowers. Update your fall wardrobe with several well placed pieces or layer over a mini skirt for something fabulous.
Look for feathers specific to your project, know the sizes and colors to look for. They should be clean and may have visible barbs on the end of the quill. Sizes can range from an inch to over 25 inches inch to 26 inches long. This should be noted by your seller, but if not just ask. Also if shade of color needs to be very specific,ask the seller to verify as sometimes (depending on your computer) shade could be off a tad.
Whether you need to find Feathers for Sale for crafts, costumes, or fly tying, I am sure you want to find the best price. To find the best deals on quality, cruelty free feathers click around this site and I'm sure you will find exactly what you need along with advice and instruction. You may end up finding out more than you wanted to about finding feathers for sale.
Just had to add a side note here. I have been seeing the most beautiful feather accessories this season. I will be adding a post a little later devoted to adding a feather touch to your look. Just thought I'd give you a heads up though in case you want to get started collecting feathers to work with.