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    i ride my dirtbike around alot and run over ALOT of feathers in the trail...so my question is could i use these feathers or do they have oils and stuff that needs to be cleaned out profesianly...and another question i have is i found what looks like a crow feather its all black are there any flys that need a pure black wing case or legs?


    ive only been lucky enough to find 1 turkey feather so far....then i lost it on the way home
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    The thing I would worry about is sanitation. Bird feathers are probably going to have mites and other parasites on them so you need to come up with a way to disinfect it. A good spray of lysol may do the trick. Hope this helps.

    That crow feather may be good for some stonefly patterns.

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    do you think freezing them would help?
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    FIsher,

    Put them in a zip loc bag with a moth ball or two if you are concerned. Any feather is good for fly tying.

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    lol where can i find moth balls...i saw them at stores like ace when i was little but havent seen them in a while
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    flyfisher, Wally world should have them or you might even find them in one of the many dollar stores. I would definately do something with them to kill any unwanted critters that might be on them, you don't want to mess up everything you have with a bug infestation.
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    yea i think im gonna give them and my store bought feathers a good freeze today...it wouldnt surprise me if most of my store bought feathers havent gotten fleas or something from one of the dogs
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    Smile Where do I find Moth balls??

    Quote Originally Posted by flyfisher117 View Post
    lol where can i find moth balls...i saw them at stores like ace when i was little but havent seen them in a while
    Dude, you are leaving yourself wide open with that question................ but I won't go there, Wal Mart will have them. When you invest in capes and all the other trimmings they are cheap insurance against any unwanted pests. Nothing that I know of likes moth balls.

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    hmm maybe i should go to walmart more...the only thing i like from that store are the cheap fly boxes
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    The microwave for about 30 seconds...I don't think any of the critters you have on the feathers will survive that.

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