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 Post subject: turkey nymph
PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:56 am 
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Windknotter got me to thinking how good the turkey fibers look so what do you think about this one? size 12 so this one has some meat to it.


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 Post subject: Re: turkey nymph
PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:10 am 
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Peewee.

I like it and I think the fish will too :)

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 Post subject: Re: turkey nymph
PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:28 am 
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real nice lookin bug Peewee!

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 Post subject: Re: turkey nymph
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Cool bug :) I like to sub turkey in for PT. Mottled effect comes thru nicely.

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 Post subject: Re: turkey nymph
PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:37 pm 
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Peewee, Good lookin' bug. I do believe that'll catch cold and warmwater fish!!!

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 Post subject: Re: turkey nymph
PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:01 am 
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That'll do nicely.


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 Post subject: Re: turkey nymph
PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:58 pm 
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Peewee,
That fly looks great. Your flys always do. I've been saving a number of different feather types from the turkeys I kill and here's what I've found use for them so far.
Primary wing-for biots, short and stiff biots on leading edge (great for small dun caddis wings), long and softer biots on trailing edge. Both make good antennaes and knotted legs.
Secondary wing-mottled stuff for hopper, lighter caddis wings but also makes good sulpher abdomens on flies like you just tied.
coverts-irradescent shoulder area feathers, makes great looking wingcases
tail-stone body material, darker caddis wings, wing cases, spun like deer hair and clipped for stick cased caddis
tail "base" feathers (what I call them, some call them "rounds")-they are a little rusty colored but they make fine PTs. The fibers seem more durable than PT.
I've also kept some mottled feathers from their legs. They are similar to partridge with more faded barring.
This year I am going to keep a bunch of natural marabou. I've been overlooking it and tossing it for years and it's got a great buggy color too.

Thought this might share an idea or two with someone having turkey feathers and not knowing what to do with them. I'd love to hear everyone else's ideas if they are willing to share them. You fellas let me know if I can fix you up with some feathers, still got bags full here and spring is almost upon us.
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 Post subject: Re: turkey nymph
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:29 am 
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I keep the marabou from wild turkeys as well as chickens. The natural colors work for Woolly Buggers and Leech like patterns. Waste not :)

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 Post subject: Re: turkey nymph
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I like the mottled look of the body. What is the thorax made out of? BTW, just one small thing, I think you may have a few more leg fibers on the right side than the left :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: turkey nymph
PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:50 pm 
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thorax is brown ostrich..........his parents experimented with chemicals back in the 60's so he was born with an extra set of legs.Really I make them heavy on the right side because I cast left handed so they drift more to the right......brings them back across the current.

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