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Old 04-01-2012, 07:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Where is the best place to find 'paired' feathers of different colors? Now that I'm back in the states, I would prefer to keep the business local. Thanks!
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When you say paired of different colors, I know most fly shops carry paired duck and goose feathers (not sure where you are, but Charlie's Fly Box has a good selection). Hope that's helpful.
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When you say paired of different colors, I know most fly shops carry paired duck and goose feathers (not sure where you are, but Charlie's Fly Box has a good selection). Hope that's helpful.
I'm trying to get into tying full dressed Salmon flies but the one thing I have found to be difficult, locally anyway, is to find paired feathers of different colors. Finding natural duck and goose feathers are easy but finding non-natural colors on equally nice feathers is proving to be a challenge. The cheapy feathers you can get at Joann's, Michaels, etc... work, if and only if, you don't need to marry two or more colors.

I've heard that Charley may have what I'm looking for so I will have to take a trip up and check it out. Thanks for help!
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When you say paired of different colors, I know most fly shops carry paired duck and goose feathers (not sure where you are, but Charlie's Fly Box has a good selection). Hope that's helpful.
I'm trying to get into tying full dressed Salmon flies but the one thing I have found to be difficult, locally anyway, is to find paired feathers of different colors. Finding natural duck and goose feathers are easy but finding non-natural colors on equally nice feathers is proving to be a challenge. The cheapy feathers you can get at Joann's, Michaels, etc... work, if and only if, you don't need to marry two or more colors.

I've heard that Charley may have what I'm looking for so I will have to take a trip up and check it out. Thanks for help!
If Charlie doesn't have what you need consider calling The Laughing Grizzly up in Longmont. They have a great tying selection too. One of the few shops that rival's Charlie's selection locally.
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When you say paired of different colors, I know most fly shops carry paired duck and goose feathers (not sure where you are, but Charlie's Fly Box has a good selection). Hope that's helpful.
I'm trying to get into tying full dressed Salmon flies but the one thing I have found to be difficult, locally anyway, is to find paired feathers of different colors. Finding natural duck and goose feathers are easy but finding non-natural colors on equally nice feathers is proving to be a challenge. The cheapy feathers you can get at Joann's, Michaels, etc... work, if and only if, you don't need to marry two or more colors.

I've heard that Charley may have what I'm looking for so I will have to take a trip up and check it out. Thanks for help!
If Charlie doesn't have what you need consider calling The Laughing Grizzly up in Longmont. They have a great tying selection too. One of the few shops that rival's Charlie's selection locally.
Awesome! Thanks for the heads up.
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Sorry, no suggestions as to where to get them locally (mine are decades old and I don't know whe I got them) but if you can pick them out in person it is a plus. Go for the dyed turkey wing quils as it will give you more length to work with than goose plus when you go to marry them with mottled quills they will fit better coming from the same kind of bird. Also if you look at a birds wing you wnat the secondary wing quill ( the 8 closest to the body ). If you can get the different colors that come form roughly the same place in the wing they will have a similar curvature of the fibers and will marry together better and make a better looking wing when done.

If you can't find what you are looking for you can always buy white and dye them yourself. Turkey will take dye better than duck and goose as there is no natural oils in it like waterfowl ( soak the feathers in warm water for a couple hours to open the pores before dyeing and it will take the dye better) Dyeing is pretty straight forward just use a test feather first to make sure you have the color you want before you put in what you want to dye.

If you have a buddy that hunts turkeys have him save you a pair of wings to clip out the ones you want.
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