Thank you all yet again for the kind compliments and feedback, and even more for your critiques. I absolutely love being in the steep part of a learning curve, no matter what the skill. I feel like I'm in the middle of one right now, and a lot of that is due to seeing what and how you guys are tying and the goals you're striving for. Really appreciate that.
One thing that was brought up was the throat hackle, which is particularly apparent in the photo as being perhaps a bit long and definately too thick and matted. I'm using dyed silver pheasant here, and it's a material that I both like the look of but that I also have trouble keeping it from mating itself into clumps. In addition to using probably one or two less wraps (I think I did 4 or 5), is there anything that helps when working with silver pheasant? Or would I have been simply better served by a different material? Or....???
As for the enlarged tag, I kind of meant for this tag to be a bit more pronounced to ensure that the pretty blue wire/silver tinsel wraps didn't end up obscured. In the end, the dubbing didn't really obscure it at all, and I probably would have been better off with just one less wrap (still keeping it a tad oversized I would guess).
The wing? At this point I'm still celebrating anytime the wing sits still and doesn't explode and crumple on me when I mount it!!! But of course, Dave is correct: the personal bar is slowly but steadily raising. Not a bad thing all in all.
Thanks again for all the help and feedback, I'm working on a good one right now and it's keeping my standards higher... I hope...