Thanks Fred... good to see you round these parts. I just missed you at the gathering a couple weeks ago. someone pointed you out as you were walking to your car to leave, should have run up and said hello.
haha, nice Paulie, good stuff. As far as marrying fibres, its mainly finding fibres with similar structure. so to marry to goose, i find softer turkey slips so they work nicely together. I have sweaty hands so i keep a towel nearby to keep my hands dry. this also helps when marrying wings, as I find on the hard ones i sweat all over them until they collapse.
Adrian, Not red macaw unfortunately. I only have Blue macaw, which is in the underwing some, maybe 4 fibres. its an orange dyed burnt ostrich i had for tying big stuff. I got some of that and orange dyed amherst in the underwing too.
Thanks for the kind words Mike and Dingle.
Dave, thanks for being around brother. Your tying intrigues me and pushes me to think about tying in a new way.
I know what ya mean about that size 3 AJ. after tying on a few hooks, the gape to length ratio is really nice, and you can use goose wings instead of turkey. Its a bit easier to get a handle on proportions without the extra length to fill.
I wish the tag and tip started back just a wrap or 2.
It was loads of fun to tie.
tag: silver oval and claret silk
tail: GP topping with claret goose, red gallina, and orange ostrich
butt: black herl
body: rear half silver tinsel, front half equal parts claret, blue, orange and dark claret.
rib: rear claret silk and fine copper wire, front blue silk and medium gold twist.
hackle: orange hen
throat: red gallina
underwing: orange amherst, orange ostrich, blue macaw
wing: brown turkey, claret goose, blue goose
cheek: some small dark blue ringneck pheasant neck feather
eyes: jungle cock
head: red varnished.