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PEACOCK HERL FEATHERS
When you mention Peacocks, it is the India Blue Peafowl that most people think about. The male peafowl is called a peacock and the female is a peahen. The irradiance quality of peacock herl makes it a favorite fly tying material and can be used with all styles of flies.

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India Blue Peacock Display Feathers

Every fly tier should have a good supply of peacock herl. Peacock herl can be used for the butt of the fly or between body segments. Also used for the body with a similar effect as dubbing. Can also be used for wings, ribbing, or wherever creativity takes you.


Peacock Herl
Peacock Display Feather with the Eye


Peacock Herl
Peacock Display Feather Herl with the Eye
(Dyed Red)

The above photos show the top sections of peacock display eye feathers. The long, thin barbs protruding from the eyed and spade feather stem are the herl. Most eyed display feathers sold in fly tying shops are between 1-2 feet long, but can be over 3 feet in length. The herl near the eye are lighter in color than the herl towards the bottom of the feather which are darker and less reflective. Most strung herl bought in fly tying shops are the darker colored barbs from the lower section of the peacock display feather.

Peacock Spade Feather
Peacock Spade Feather.

Peacock spade feathers are very similar to the eye feather, but without the eye. If you didn't know, it would appear that somebody had cut the eye out, but these are natural feathers. The herl on the spade feathers are less dense than on the eyed feathers and less desirable.

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Strung Peacock Herl

Peacock herl is commonly strung together and sold in packages. We never counted, but there can easily be over 100 individual herls per package. The standard length of peacock herl is around 5 inches, but longer barbs can be purchased, sometimes in excess of 10-14 inches

Peacock Herl
You can notice the difference of the barbule
length between these two barbs of peacock herl.
Both pieces of herl are decent quality with a
dense concentration of barbules.

The length of the barbules required depends on what size of fly you are tying. For example if you were constructing a dry fly using a size #20 hook then shorter barbules would be needed for the correct proportion and longer fibers when tying on larger size hook used for a steelhead fly.

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This barb of Peacock Herl is low quality.
Notice the kinks and sparseness of the barbules.
Just from a visual inspection gives the indication
that these are inferior quality.

Most people might never notice, but there can be a big difference in the quality of peacock herl. Most commercial herl is average quality and will work fine when tying most flies. For classic salmon and display flies you would use the best quality for the artistic value. Peacock herl that have kinks and missing fibers should be scrutinized. If the herl breaks too easy when tying a fly, it might be old and the natural oils in the feather have dried out. It should be noted that peacock herl is somewhat fragile and can be easy to break, Beginner fly tyers will normally break some herl as part of the learning process

tarzana Steelhead Fly
Tarzana Steelhead Fly

The above steelhead fly uses peacock herl for the butt and to divide the body sections.

White Peacock Display Feather Herl
White Peacock Display Feather Herl
(Photo courtesy Jeannie)

White peacock herl are rare and most fly tying shops only have feathers and herl from India Blue and sometimes Java Green Peacocks. There are over 200 recognized varieties of different colored peafowls.

White PeaockWhite Peaock
White Peacock Display Feathers
(Photo courtesy Jeannie)

Peacock Herl Feathers Pattens
Peacock Herl Feathers with Unique Color
Combination and Patterns. These peacock
feathers are from a young male. There are
limited supplies of these peacock feathers
(Photo courtesy Jeannie)

Peacock Herl Feathers Pattens
Peacock Herl Feathers with Unique Color
Combination and Patterns. These peacock
feathers are from a young male. There are
limited supplies of these peacock feathers
(Photo courtesy Jeannie)

Peacock Herl Feathers Pattens
Peacock Herl Feathers with Unique Color
Combination and Patterns. These peacock
feathers are from a young male. There are
limited supplies of these peacock feathers
(Photo courtesy Jeannie)

PEACOCK NECK FEATHERS
PEACOCK QUILL FEATHERS
PEACOCK SWORD FEATHERS

Photos of live birds and other more exotic feathers on this page courtesy Jeannie. Peacocks shed all their feathers every year. If you are interested in molted White, Black Shoulder, India Blue, Java Green or Midnights Peacock feathers let us know and will put you in contact with Jeannie.

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
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Fly tying equipment and materials
reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

FLY TYING FEATHERS
PEACOCK HERL