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 Post subject: Pheasant skins?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:24 pm 
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I know the tail feathers are good, but are there pattern that call for some of the other body feathers?

I am about to harvest some birds - released (and plenty of them) so I feel pretty good about my odds for bagging a few. Wondering what I should try to save from some of our pen-raised quarry.

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 Post subject: Re: Pheasant skins?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:33 pm 
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Rump feathers are great for some larger soft hackles like the Carey Special.
The necks make a nice feather as well. Check your P.M.s


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 Post subject: Re: Pheasant skins?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:53 pm 
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Keep the almond feathers. They make great collars for leach and bugger patterns.

http://www.southeastflyfishingforum.com ... 22172.html


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 Post subject: Re: Pheasant skins?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:22 am 
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Almost every feather from a ringed necked pheasant is used in fly tying. It is probably the most useful game bird out there. Whole skins are sometimes dyed to provide the various textures in different colors. http://www.jsflyfishing.com/cgi-bin/ite ... -Skin.html

Obviously, the tail feathers of the cock are the most valuable, since they are rarely included in a "full" skin.


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 Post subject: Re: Pheasant skins?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:46 am 
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phg wrote:
Almost every feather from a ringed necked pheasant is used in fly tying....



Agreed :)

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 Post subject: Re: Pheasant skins?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:00 pm 
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Thanks for the advise. If all goes as planned, tomorrow will be a tough day to be a pheasant.

Edit and update: it was in fact a tough day to be a pheasant, at least for most of them. A lucky few were shoot and release. A few quail had a tough day, too. For the rest of us, however, it was a good day. Enjoyed and appreciated the company of Ctchrelz on this adventure.

Second edit: So today, I ate some of the pheasant meat hiding under said pelts of many colors. Started by frying a pound of bacon. That tasted good in its own right. Once I was done eating/storing said bacon, I put two pheasants (and one quail) into the bubbling cast-iron skillet and 1/4 inch of bacon renderings.

As a result of my efforts this evening, I have re-affirmed the following irrefutable conclusions: 1. I need another bird dog, 2. pheasants taste really good 3. quail are a truly a gift from God.

Not to gloat, but my other main meals this weekend were two large servings of goose gumbo. I have been less excited about dining on goose, but I must say this gumbo (prepared by the lovely and gracious wife of my goose hunting host from several weeks back) was knock your socks off delicious. A few drops of Tabasco in today's lunch sent the whole thing over the top. Nonetheless, if anyone has a hankering for goose meat, I have plenty in the freezer. Just let me know.


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