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Old 12-09-2012, 07:26 PM
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Default Pheasant feather - uses?

Hey, I'm going hunting this winter and will have a lot of excess pheasant (from pheasant hunting) -- are there uses for PT other than the PT nymph (tail) portion? I'm pretty new to tying, so go easy if this is a stupid question .

If so, any tips on which parts are used to do what would be awesome!

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Almost every feather from a pheasant can be used. There must be good soft hackle feathers. The tips that are used in coachman, forget what they are called. Especially the males. All the iridescent stuff around his head and neck.
I am sure others will chime in who know specifically but I would venture a guess that there are many many uses for pheasant especially the male.

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Here's a site that will give you some good information on uses for pheasant feathers. I've used feathers from pheasant necks for feather inlays on rods too.
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Default Re: Pheasant feather - uses?

I like the hackles for some trout / steelhead / char flies, back in Pennsylvania I made wet flies with the same feathers seen below.

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All hackled with Pheasant rump feathers,

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Default Re: Pheasant feather - uses?

Ard that pheasant rump looks like some excellent soft hackle material! I love soft hackles... I also love variations of the venerable pheasant tail nymph pattern... so as I see it, you can never have enough pheasant feathers!
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Default Re: Pheasant feather - uses?

While they are versatile they also have their limits. The length of the individual fibers on most feathers dictate the size uses for them. For small wets, nymphs and flymphs they are about perfect. You can use slip sections from the center tail feathers for winging also.

Since this was started in reference to harvesting birds and their feathers I would say that the rump and flank feathers from 1 cock bird and 1 hen will go a very long ways. If you are accomplished at skinning them you can cure 2 pelts and be set for the next decade or longer.
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Default Re: Pheasant feather - uses?

Pheasant tail fibers are great for nymph legs and tails. The shear variety of feathers you can get from one bird is pretty amazing.

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Here's a site that will give you some good information on uses for pheasant feathers. I've used feathers from pheasant necks for feather inlays on rods too.
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I like the hackles for some trout / steelhead / char flies, back in Pennsylvania I made wet flies with the same feathers seen below.

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All hackled with Pheasant rump feathers,
I like those patterns Ard. They look like they would produce sea run brookies I fish. The pheasant givees a real natural look I like.
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The other guys beat me to it,Pheasant Feathers are a must have & as stated are probably one of The Best,versatile & most used Feathers in anyones Kit.
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Default Re: Pheasant feather - uses?

Wow - I had no idea . I love eating pheasant, but this will possibly supply an other good use of the animal. Well, whatever is spared from damage by shotgun pellets anyway .

Thanks -- this is helpful.
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