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GOLDEN PHEASANT TAIL
Golden Pheasant Tail Feathers can be used when designing a set of wedded wings on a Classic Atlantic Salmon Fly. Individual barbs can be used for tails and bodies on mayfly and nymph patterns for a real bug like appearance. The individual barbs could also be used for antenna, legs. ect...

When buying Golden Pheasant tail feathers some considerations will include the barb length and the general condition of the feather.

BARB LENGTH
The barb length can be from 2 inches to over three inches. Sometimes the barb length is listed on the package, but most often you will have make a visual examination. The best quality tail feathers with the longest barbs might require some searching. Most fly shops will have decent quality golden pheasant tail feathers for general use.

MATCHED SET OF FEATHERS
When designing a set of wedded wings for a Classic Atlantic Salmon Fly you need a matched set of center tail feathers that have long enough barbs for the pattern. The barbs need to marry each other all the way to the tips.

MATCHING FEATHERS
WEDDED WINGS

Sometimes the tail feathers might look ragged, but can probably be rejuvenated to new condition by steaming and primping the barbs. You can improve the look and quality of most feathers using the same method. Bring a teapot to a boil and place the feather in the steam for a couple seconds and then primp the barbs by pulling them between your fingers. (Don't leave the feather directly in the steam too long or it could be damaged)

The side tail feathers as they are called are shorter in length than the center tail feathers.

Golden pheasant feathers, including the tail can be dyed with good results. If your local fly shop doesn't have dyed Golden Pheasant Tail Feathers, they might be able to order them or a simple Internet search will return some results.

The prices might seem kind expensive and can vary from store to store, but the upside is that you can tie a lot of flies from a center tail feather. If you are tying a Classic Atlantic Salmon Fly then you already know that the best quality materials will carry a premium price and a set of matched Golden Pheasant Center Tail Feathers might seem cheap compared to other feathers used in the construction of wedded wings.

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Golden Pheasant Red Spike Feathers
(Also refereed to as Spears)

It is rare to see the red spike feathers sold in packages and only a few fly patterns actually use the spike feathers, but a creative fly tyer could find an application. They can be used as wings or tails on a steelhead fly with good effect. The red spike feathers can be found toward the base of the tail feathers.

Rare and less often seen are mutations and cross breeds of Golden Pheasants that offer a wide selection of colors and subtle variations. There are limited sources for the cross breeds as not a lot of people are in that business. "The Feather Emporium" is one of the few places we know that caters directly to the individual fly tyer.

GOLDEN PHEASANT CRESTS
GOLDEN PHEASANT TIPPETS

When buying complete bird skins, the skin should be pliable and scrapped clean of any residue.

Commercially available bird skins and feathers bought in a fly tying shop will be clean and have uniform color when dyed. If acquiring bird skins and feathers from other sources then precautions should to be taken to avoid insects or other pests that could infest your fly tying supplies.

FEATHER CARE AND STORAGE
Some general advice about cleaning and storage of feathers.

ANATOMY OF A FEATHER
Description and parts of a feather

BUYING AND SELECTING FEATHERS
What to look for when buying feathers. As a beginner we bought a lot of worthless and damaged feathers. This page will help in the selection of good quality feathers.
 

MATCHING FEATHERS
How to match and pair feathers when tying feather wings on a fly.

FLY TYING FEATHERS:
AM-GOLD PHEASANT
ARGUS BODY FEATHERS
ARGUS HEN QUILL FEATHERS
ARGUS PRIMARY TAIL FEATHERS
ARGUS SECONDARY WING
BANKSIAN COCKATOO
BARRED WOOD DUCK FEATHERS
BIOTS (GOOSE / TURKEY)
BLUE EARED PHEASANT
BLUE EDGED MANTLE BODY
BRONZE MALLARD FEATHERS
BUSTARD FLORICAN FEATHERS
BUSTARD KORI FEATHERS

CDC FEATHERS

CHATTERER
CHUKAR SKINS
COQ DE LEON
COTINGA
CRANE FEATHERS
EMU FEATHERS
GADWALL DUCK FLANK
GOLDEN PHEASANT SKINS
GOLDEN PHEASANT CREST
GOLDEN PHEASANT TAIL
GOLDEN PHEASANT TIPPETS
GOOSE SHOULDER FEATHERS
GRAY PEACOCK SINGLE EYES
GUINEA FOWL FEATHERS
HUNGARIAN PARTRIDGE
INDIAN CROW
JAY
JUNGLE COCK
KINGFISHER
LADY AMHERST CENTER TAIL
LADY AMHERST TIPPETS
LEMON DUCK FEATHERS
MACAW TAIL FEATHERS
MALAY PEACOCK SINGLE EYE
MALLARD SIDE FEATHERS
MALLARD WINGS
OSTRICH HERL
PARROT FEATHERS
PEACOCK FEATHERS
PEACOCK HERL
PEACOCK NECK FEATHERS
PEACOCK QUILL FEATHERS
PEACOCK SWORD FEATHERS
RINGNECK PHEASANT
SCARLET MACAW
SILVER PHEASANT
STARLING SKIN
SWAN FEATHERS
TEAL FEATHERS
TURKEY FEATHERS

WOOD DUCK FEATHERS

HACKLE FEATHERS
Hackle feathers are a complete subject in themselves and these pages will sort through some of the confusion.

MARABOU FEATHERS
Marabou are fluffy feathers that have a breathing action in the water.

FLY TYING INSTRUCTION
http://www.flytyinginstruction.com
Fly tying equipment and materials
reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

FLY TYING FEATHERS
GOLDEN PHEASANT TAIL FEATHERS