The North American Fly Fishing Forum


Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > Fly Tyer's Round Table > General Fly Tying Discussions

General Fly Tying Discussions Talk about anything somewhat related to fly tying...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 11-25-2007, 07:26 PM
tgoodwater2002's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 224
tgoodwater2002 will become famous soon enough
Default how do you treat wild feathers?

Is there anything special that you have to do to feathers that someone got for you? My friend hunts birds and I told him to get me some feathers from a pheasant and the ducks that he shoots. Need to know if there is something I should do about the mites that they might have on them.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 12-28-2007, 11:53 AM
larrysmith9865's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 95
larrysmith9865 is on a distinguished road
Default Re: how do you treat wild feathers?

Dont know if its to late for response but, with my pheasant skins i got this year hunting a freind told me to nuke them in microwave for 2-3 mins
this i did and them turned out fine, In past i would douse with salt keep in bag for week then hang dry by my woodstove, The microwave seemed to work faster and same result.
here is a site about it
FAQ - Processing Fly Tying Materials at Home
__________________
Today is the first day of the rest of your life:
SO GO FISHING
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 12-28-2007, 12:29 PM
Frank Whiton's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 5,301
Frank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via Skype™ to Frank Whiton
Default Re: how do you treat wild feathers?

Hi to all,

Thanks Larry for that link. A lot of good information.

You need to be careful storing in plastic bags. Some bugs will eat right through them. I store anything I am concern about in large mouth Mason Jars. The Mason Jar will also prevent any future invasion.

When in Alaska I stored some dried Partridge wings in my wood shed. It got down to -55F and when I went to get them in the spring there was nothing but a few feathers scatter about. The squirrels had used them for nesting material. The also unraveled a wool skull cap and used it in their nest. This has nothing to do with the post, just a little side story.

Frank
__________________
Click the image to open in full size.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 01-22-2008, 08:16 AM
Reactor's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 63
Reactor has a spectacular aura aboutReactor has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: how do you treat wild feathers?

I harvest many birds and animals for fly tying. Remove as much fat and flesh as possible. Salt heavily and dry them. Getting the item dry will prevent it from rotting. Many people suggest Borax as well after removing the salt. There are other chemicals you can put on the skin to preserve it, however, I like to keep it cheap. Once the item is dry you need to keep the bugs out. I have lost many items from being lazy and not storing things properly. All it took was to lose a complete rooster neck and I was convinced that I had to change. Now, I store things with mothballs. I place items in a plastic or paper bag or even in a box and throw in a handfull of mothballs. I have not lost a single item. I also use a household insecticide and spray my storage area and tying bech. This helps in the summertime.
I also started placing loose feathers in jars. If you think you may place anything in a sealed bag or jar it had better be real dry or it will rot.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
new and why no fish jerrybait General Discussion 7 09-01-2007 03:29 PM
Tying flies upside down? arthur General Fly Tying Discussions 12 07-16-2007 02:22 PM
orvis streamline bamboo rod? xjguy07 Fly Rods 11 03-08-2007 07:25 PM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:30 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.