An alternative feather fibre
Goose shoulder feathers are typically used to dress classic, built-wing salmon flies. These feathers from Nature’s Spirit will certainly excel in that department, but their fibre length also makes them suitable for making wound bodies, much like pheasant-tail fibres. Goose fibre is softer than pheasant and will need a closely-wound rib for protection, but colours are more varied and purer. Don’t waste the flue at the base of each feather – it can be dubbed to form a soft thorax. Dyed in yellow, claret, hot orange, black, fluoro orange, fluoro chartreuse, fluoro purple, fluoro hot pink, fluoro cherry red, fluoro yellow, fluoro blue, green, heron grey, pink and white. Six feathers per pack.
A Yellow May Dun emerger made with a body of wound yellow goose shoulder body and matching flue thorax.