So, I knew that there was going to be some great auctions this week on Ebay, but the amount of full skins on there is unreal. I’ll post links to the best sellers and list a few of the rare and awesome pheasant skins up for bids right now.
Check out these sellers for some awesome hard to find and rare feathers
joshv143 – ton of pheasants lots of rare ones like firebacks, Elliot and Edward pheasants. Loads of Argus feathers, Palawan Peacock Pheasant, Grey Peacock Pheasant and Malayan Peacock Pheasant.
fleyetyer – some Lewis’ pheasant, grey peacock and more.
pykslyr – domestic chicken breeds, ducks, pheasants, Guinea fowl, and goose. Lots of rare variants.
1. Germains Peacock Pheasant
2. Koklass Pheasant Skin
3. Temminck Tragopan Pheasant
4. Mandarin Duck
5. Swinhoe Pheasant
6. Brown Eared Pheasant
7. Fireback Pheasant
8. Satyr Tragopan Pheasant
9. Impeyan Pheasant
10. India Blue Peacock
11. Silver Sebright Rooster
We’re catching up on some great video put out by McA and the guys over at Rise Form Studios. Week 36 features a fly I’ve been toying around with, the Hen Pheasant Soft Hackle. I like using hen pheasant because it sweep back over the body easily and has a nice mottled pattern on the feather. It’s also a fairly inexpensive material to purchase and a skin will last a long time. I have a couple dyed skins in olive, black claret and a natural. That pretty much covers the colors I use. I’ve also been adding Nymph Head beads on most. I really can’t get enough of them.
For this weeks Fly Tying Video we visit with the creator of Walts Worm, Mr. Walt Young. In our last segment we harvested some Pheasants for fly tying materials. So, we figured it might be a good idea to tie a few flies with those materials. This one is called the Hen Pheasant Soft-Hackle. I fished it as a Hendrickson Emerger last week and it killed! The really cool thing about this fly is that we use a hen neck/head feather instead of partridge for the Hackle. You can find allot more usable smaller size feathers off the hen Pheasant than you can with the Partridge. I had no idea you could substitute hen for partridge. I tie a few Soft-Hackle patterns down to a size 18 so this is going to make my life much easier.
Episode 35 from the guys at Rise Form Studios TV. They have put together something a little different than the usual fly pattern. This episode has them travel to PA to meet up with episode regular Eric Stroup to discuss the harvest storage and selection of feather from pheasants. Apparently if you have some thread, hooks, and a male and female pheasant you can tie more useful fly patterns than I could have imagined. Wing shooting for your own materials is super manly and rugged style. I was sent a few tails years ago in exchange for a few flies. I tied up about 7 different patterns for the shooter and he was hyped about the selection. I was pretty hyped about the free tails. 🙂