BRONZE MALLARD FEATHERS
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Mallard Ducks
Mallard Ducks
The male is called a drake and the female
is a hen. Bronze mallard feathers are from
the male duck.

BRONZE MALLARD FEATHERS

Bronze Mallard Feathers
Select Bronze Mallard Feathers
If tying a set of wings the feathers don't have
to be perfectly matched pairs, but the better they
match, the easier it will be to manipulate them
with less frustration.

Historically bronze mallard feathers have been used for "Roofs" on Classic Atlantic Salmon flies, but are commonally used for steelhead flies, wet flies, nymph flies, ect... 

Mallard Flank Feathers
Natural Mallard Flank Feathers

Bronze Mallard Feather Wing Slips of Barbs
Cut slips of barbs from opposite sides of a
matched pair of Bronze Mallard Feathers.
The barbs should marry all the way to the
tips and in good condition. Traditionally you
wanted to use bronze mallard feathers that are
light gray near the base with dark tips.

Bronze Mallard Feather Wing Slips of Barbs
These slip of barbs were are still attached to
feather stem. Using this method when designing
a set of bronze mallard feather wings will help
the barbs maintain position while tied on the fly.

When constructing bronze mallard feather wings on
a Steelhead Spey Fly you need to cut slips from opposite
positions on a matched set of feathers.

Bronze Mallard Spey Wing Fly
This is a simple version of a Golden Demon Spey Fly
with a set of Bronze Mallard Feather Wings.

The Bronze Mallard Wings on the above fly were mounted more on the side of the hook than directly on the top. The bronze mallard barbs should be tied in near the base. You want to select barbs that are the right length to fit the design of the fly in order to avoid trimming too much off the base. The reason they are tied in near the base of the fibers is because there are more hooklets holding the barbs together.

When tying a roof on a Classic Atlantic Salmon fly using Bronze Mallard Feathers we have seen a couple methods that seemed to work effectively.

Bronze Mallard Feathers
Matched pair of Bronze Mallard Feathers
Out of three packs of Select Bronze Mallard,
only found one perfectly matched set of feathers.
When placed back-to-back with each other, these
feathers are straight and hold their position.

Bronze Mallard Wing Fly
Bronze Mallard Wing Fly
This matched set of bronze mallard feathers
were exceptional quality so we used them as
full feather wings.

WASH AND STEAM FEATHERS
Bronze mallard feathers can be washed and steamed with great success. We have seen bronze mallard that were ragged looking and hard to manipulate brought back to life and pristine condition.

MALLARD SIDE FEATHERS

Almost every feather on a mallard duck could be used for fly tying.

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
BRONZE MALLARD FEATHERS