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EXOTIC FEATHERS
 
EXOTIC FEATHERS FOR CLASSIC SALMON FLY TYING

Since 1951, we have been providing fly tying furs and feathers for those who enjoy the art of the classic salmon fly. We raise a great many of our birds and are always buying rare birds from museums and zoos around the world. Standard items include:

 Exotic Feathers for Fly Tying.  

 

 

AVAILABILITY

 
All items are subject to availability and our stock changes on a weekly basis.

Because we buy our birds from zoos / museums as they become available, the availability of many birds is based upon the death rate at a particular zoo or a museum purcahse.

Standard salmon fly feathers always on hand.

 


JUNGLECOCK (All grades)

Junglecock is probably one of the most used feathers for all kinds of flies in the past 200 years. Junglecock (grey junglefowl) is a native bird of India and is on the C.I.T.E.S. list of Endangered Birds. Our capes are all from domestic stock which have been bred especially for fly-tying and are legal, unlike wild birds which are brought into this country.

The 4 grades as shown differ in this quality, not the quanity of the nails (feathers).

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SUPERGRADE
Top grade quality for display flies.
GRADE "A"
Our display tyers use mostly super grade capes although some "A" grade run almost as good.
GRADE "B"
GRADE "C"
The "B" and "C" or ungraded capes are used mostly for flies tied for fishing. Splits are easily repaired with a little clear nailpolish or Zap-a-Gap. Prices range from $175.00 to $60.00.
 

The Long Hackle feathers are used for both Trout/Salmon Streamers and for saltwater flies or such fish as stripers, bluefish, bonito, and kings.

We always have a good supply of all grades on hand. We harvest in October through february so the best selection are available in those months.


BUSTARDS

KORI (speckled) BUSTARD
A basic feather for classic salmon flies. Very rare and expensive. A fairly large bird from Africa and Arabia, the Kori Bustard is raised here in the USA, but has failed to bred. Molts twice a year and we have a wide selection of feathers on hand. Prices range from $50-$800.
ARABIAN
We have it available from time-to-time, but normally there is a waiting list.
LITTLE
We have it available from time-to-time, but normally there is a waiting list.
DENHAM
We have it available from time-to-time, but normally there is a waiting list.
WHITE BUSTARD
From time-to-time, we have Arabian, Little, Denham's and White Bustard skins/feathers on hand, but normally there is a wiating list for any of these birds.
FLORICAN
One of the most used feathers in class flies. Rare, but stocked on a regular basis.

MACAWS

All our Macaw feathers are from domestic birds. Blue/gold, red/blue, buffon/scarlet & hyacinth feathers are available most of the time. Both tail feahers and body/wing feathers s available. We also stock a limited supply of various parrot feathers. Prices range from $5-$100.

KINGFISHER
Always on hand
ENGLISH JAY
Always on hand
LILAC BREASTED ROLLERS
A rare member of the kingfisher family. We have had a small supply in the past 6 months.
TOUCAN
We try to keep a supply of Golden(Ariel) red/black, sulphur and white on-hand. As these are all from domestic birds, it depends on molts, deaths, etc.
INDIAN CROW
Crow skins & feathers are usually available on a limited basis.
COTINGA
We usually have a small supply of feathers and 6-7 skins from the various species during the course of the year.
FAIRLY BLUE BIRD
About 1-2 skins a year depending on the death rate at a particular zoo or museum purcahse. This applies to many of our birds which we buy from zoos / museusm as they become available.
RIFLEBIRD
We plucked a museum mounted bird this year so we have a fair supply. Normally very rare.
PEACOCK PHEASANTS (PALAWAN / MALAY/GREY)
We are raising grey, Palawan and Malay. We sometimes get a Rothchild. Good supply of grey/Palawan/Malay on-hand and a few skins available during the course of a year when we (or other breeders) lose a bird.
OSTRICH
We stock Ostrich at all times.
PEACOCK
We stock Peacock sticks, swords, and secondary Peacock quills (sub for Bustard) at all times.
ZEBRA GOOSE
A perfect substitute for the Banded Gymnogene feather. We have them in 3 sizes for 1/0-8/0 hooks and three colors beside the natural BL/WH.
SWAN
We carry both Swan quills and shoulders. Dyed in 8 colors.
GOOSE
If we can find GOOD goose, we dye them the same 8 colors.
MALLARD
Bronze Mallard, Silver Mallard all selected for salmon flies.
TEAL
Extra large for salmon flies.
WIDGEON
Usually on-hand.
WOOD DUCK
Usually on-hand.
SHOVELER
Usually on-hand.
MIXED WATERFOWL
8 oz. and 16 oz. bags of mixed waterfowl on-hand.
CAPERCAILLE QUAIL
Both male and female tail sections on-hand.
 

PHEASANTS

Dyed Amherst

With rarer birds,both skins and feathers some and go throughout the year.
 
TRAGOPANS:
 
TEMINICK'S
Available on a limited basis.
SATYR
Available on a limited basis.
ROTHCHILD
Available on a limited basis.
CABOT
Available on a limited basis.

MONAL (Impeyan)

BLUE EAR Available

WHITE EAR
Available
BROWN EAR
Available
SILVER PHEASANTS
Available on a limited basis.
JONES
Available on a limited basis.
ANDERSON
Available on a limited basis.
LEWIS
Available on a limited basis.
GOLDEN PHEASANT
Skins, crests, tippets. We raise these birds for 2 years before harvesting to allow the feathers to grow large enough and to develop good color for salmon flies.
AMGOLD PHEASANTS
A cross between Goldens and Amherst, they are beautiful and give great tail feathers twice a year. Now and then we lose one and a skin becomes available. Uncommonly beautiful.
FIREBACKS
We do buy, because they are worth having for salmon flies, but call us.
KALIJ
We do buy, because they are worth having for salmon flies, but call us.
ARGUS
Feathers are always on hand - but skins not very often.
GUINEA FOWL
Both common ad crested available as skins. Some dyed skins always on-hand.
OCELLATED TURKEY
Feathers usually on-hand as well as 2-3 skins a year.
FRUIT PIGEONS
Usually 6-10 Fruit Pigeons a year. But can't plan on it.
RESPLENDENT QUETZEL
Very rare. Only 2 skins in 1999. Expensive.
COCK OF THE ROCK
Available when we buy a museum/zoo bird.
WEAVER BIRD / RED BISHOP
We get them, but not on a regular basis. Great tying feathers at a very reasonable price when available.
EGRET
White and 8 colors.
ROYAL PALM TURKEY
Available during the year.
EASTERN WILD TURKEY
May be available during the year.
AMHERST
One of the most commonly used feathers in classic flies. Amherst tail clumps and dyed tail sections in 8 colors always in stock.
VULTERINE
Source of elver feathers, cobalt blue feathers, and purple edge quills. Usually available.
PURPLE THROATED FRUIT FLY
Vulterine feathers and skins
 
 
 

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