An al­ter­na­tive feather fi­bre

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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.

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