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Back, aft, or hind portion of fly body from thorax to tail.
Full grown or flying stage of insects. Final stage of the aetamorphic process. Adult mayflies include duns and spinners.
Term for wing which slopes forward over hook eye.
Sections cut from feathers, both sides of which are equal in length and in coloration with three to five fibers on each side. Used on the Beadle-skeleton series of salmon flies. The cut sections are in the form of a "V" with section of the center rib intact.
The soft, small feather normally found at the base of bird's feathers. Some times called "philoplume" or "filo-plume."
Small wind of short, sparse hackle just at bend, or at end of body.
Entire skins from this bird provide toppings, crests, tail and wing materials. Black and white tippets , and the greens, whites and reds from the body make this an all-round bird skin for any fly tying bench.
Fowl cross-breed from which are obtained dun feathers and hackle. Crossing a white bird with a black bird creates plumage in the offspring of some black, some white, and some of in-between combinations. Some of these combinations result in the "dun" hackles so much prized by fly tiers.
Hair or wool material from two sources:
Trade name of "sparkle yarn" made of Nylon fibers, introduced as a fly tying material by Gary LaFontaine.
Here is a fur which can range from pure white to a deep blue-gray with some very interesting, almost pure blue, in-between shades. If you are fortunate enough to obtain some of this fur, treasure it.
A rare Asian bird which provides extremely long feathers. Other feathers are spotted, dotted or eyed, and range from white to dark brown.
Blue feathers from this bird are excellent substitues for Chatterer blues.
Flies dressed, not representing an insect, but rather a tidbit to arouse interest in a fish so that he shows his position. Some attractor patterns are colorful and gaudy. Most, however, catch fish.
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