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From Perrault's Standard Dictionary of Fishing Flies
by Keith E. Perrault
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A ruff or buildup at the tail section of the body of certain flies to simulate the actual egg sac of a real insect. Usually made of yellow or very light green material such as wool, floss, chenille, or herl.

Egyptian Goose:
Finely barred and speckled feathers of this bird range in colors from pale to dark tans. Make excellent wing and tail materials.

The stately Elk provides body hair, tail hair, and a coarse mane hair in light browns to dark grays. Hollow, it provides floatation when used as body material. Short portions of Elk hair tips are used for winging some smaller dry flies.

A nymph in the process of surfacing for the metamorphic change to adulthood. An insect in the process of shedding the nymphal case. Marked by presence of short un-developed wings which usually point downward.

A strong type of herl and quills of this herl are used in place of ostrich at times. Comes usually in white but accepts dyes well.

On many patterns, especially those of English origin, eyes of various colored wools are recommended. These eyes actually are in reference to the head of the fly. Eyes on streamer and salmon patterns as well as some wet flies are sometimes painted on, or beads are used to simulate eyes.

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