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PEACOCK WING QUILL FEATHERS
When you mention peacocks, it is the India Blue Peafowl that most people think about. Almost every feather on a peacock can be used when fly tying.


Peacock Secondary Wing Quill Feathers
This set of matched feathers are 12 inches long.
These feathers would be considered good quality,
but are not a perfect match. Notice the patterns are
slightly different, but would not be noticed when
tying a set of wings.

Peacock wing quill barbs are often used when constructing married wings of Classic Atlantic Salmon Flies. They also make great feather wings on a steelhead fly with the mottled pattern giving the fly a real bug-like appearance.

When buying peacock quill feathers some considerations include the length of the barbs and that they are married completely to the tips. With matched sets of feathers the color and patterns should be similar.

Wedded Feather Wings
Wedded Feather Wings
This set of wedded feather wings used
barbs from peacock secondary wing quills
and goose shoulder feathers.

WEDDED FEATHER WINGS
Instructions on how to design and build mixed wings. Includes several patterns and photos...

PHOTO HERE
Steelhead fly with the barbs from a
peacock quill used for the wings.

Peacock wing quills have a curvature in the stem and are usually sold in matched pairs with feathers from the left and right side of the peacock.


About a dozen barbs have been cut from
opposite sides of these Peacock Secondary
Wing Quills to be used in the construction
of a set of feather wings for a fly.


Barbs from Peacock Secondary Wing Quills

When constructing a set of feather wings, you need to use barbs from opposite sides of a matched set of feathers.

Peacock Wing Quill Barb Patterns
Peacock Wing Quill Barb Patterns
When designing a set of feather wings use
barbs with similar patterns. The above slip
of barbs look similar, but are different enough
that it could effect the overall appearance of a
set of wings. Barbs with more black will give
the fly a darker appearance. Most fly tyers
probably would not notice the difference,
but when demanding perfection, this
would be a consideration.

The pattern of the barbs from peacock wing quills will have variations. Some sections have more dark areas, while other sections are lighter, which might be noticeable when comparing individual wings from a set of wedded feather wings.

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.

PEACOCK NECK FEATHERS
PEACOCK SWORD FEATHERS

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
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