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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-18-2013, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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A bunch of wild turkey

So my boss got a wild turkey that had been flying around his property last week and saved me the feathers. I have washed them all and dried them carefully. Now looking at them and thinking about how I can use them for tying. Anyone here have any tying experience using wild turkey feathers? Patterns? Soem of the feathers look to be decent spey fly feathers. Cheers
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-19-2013, 01:48 AM
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If it is the tail feathers they make great dee wings and slip wings and can be used in married wings as well.
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A few years ago, the last time I managed to get a turkey myself, I recall using some feathers from the rump as Spey hackles. They were a great sub for heron or BEP. I wish my tying skills were better at that time, as they were a great feather!

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I use a lot of turkey tail and primaries.....cause I got a lot. My Dad was pretty deadly on em.

I take flexament diluted by 50% with thinner and paint a tail feather. When dry you can cut slips and easily roll them to make "wings" for baby spey flies in like 6 or 8. Or as mentioned above make wings for Dee patterns from the tail. Also, muddlers and McMillan caddis. Make great carapaces for big stones too. The flexament makes the feather more durable and it won't split when tying it in or fishing.

The only down side to wild turkey is the feathers are all on the dark side. I've experimented with bleaching the turkey but it didn't work out so good. Burned the tips.

I've never used the marabou. It was usually bloody and full of lice so I didn't want to mess with it.

I've got some body feathers and they might make a decent dark hackle but they are pretty short. Might be worth a try....but might not be worth the effort. Haven't tried that yet.

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Turkey tails..

I burned and dyed some turkey tail feathers to use as collars and body hackle on these flies

Its not the most durable but certainly adequate for the life of a fly
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Same flys

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here's a spey tied with burned turkey tail fibers i call Bill's Spey. i use the smaller tail feathers that are in front of the main tail fan. they are shorter and have finer fibers with great mottling. the fibers are rectangular in cross section and do move well in the water. this fly was tied in sections.



they do catch fish. this one has a pink and purple body with the natural hackle.

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just a thought but you may want to throw the feathers in the microwave for a minute or so. It would be a shame if there were still some bugs in them and they spread to the rest of your tying materials.
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Great guys, looks ive got some good advise to work on here. Im gonna giver a try tonight. Cheers
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just a thought but you may want to throw the feathers in the microwave for a minute or so. It would be a shame if there were still some bugs in them and they spread to the rest of your tying materials.
I use the "Bacon" setting for all my feather microwaving needs.

(actually, I set feathers in the freezer...never tried the microwave approach before. good tip)

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Nick - very cool use for those feathers!

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