Hamill's Heron

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Hamill's Heron

Postby ScottP » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:28 am

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Hamill's Killer with a different cloak. Non-tox underbody optional.

hook - Mustad 79580 #6
thread - Danville 6/0 black
tail - Australian possum tail black/golden pheasant tippets
body - chenille yellow
wing - woodduck flank dyed olive (1tbsp Rit Golden Yellow, 1tsp Rit Dark Green, 1 cup water)
collar - aftershaft black


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Scott
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Re: Hamill's Heron

Postby Johnno » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:33 am

Nice Scott. If I may be so bold to suggest squirrel for the tail rather than Aussie possum tail which tends to be slightly Bouyant (I use it a lot on possum emerger patterns)
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Re: Hamill's Heron

Postby ScottP » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:02 am

Johnno wrote:If I may be so bold to suggest squirrel for the tail rather than Aussie possum tail which tends to be slightly Bouyant (I use it a lot on possum emerger patterns)


Johnno,

Will do; heating up the dye pot right now. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Re: Hamill's Heron

Postby zen leecher » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:37 am

Scott, what benefit do you find from selecting woodduck for dying over mallard? It seems a waste of good woodduck if you are dying it? Might be I feel that way as I don't see any woodies during hunting season and tend to hoard what feathers I have.
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Re: Hamill's Heron

Postby ScottP » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:51 am

zen leecher wrote:Scott, what benefit do you find from selecting woodduck for dying over mallard? It seems a waste of good woodduck if you are dying it? Might be I feel that way as I don't see any woodies during hunting season and tend to hoard what feathers I have.


I was the victim of a random act of senseless kindness - a guy on another forum sent me a quart-size bag of woodie flank feathers so my hoarding instincts have abated, not that I go crazy with the stuff. I also found that the woodduck has produced better cloaking wings on theses Heron flies than mallard flank; quills seem to be a bit thinner, making it easier to fold/wrap and retain the curvature I want. Not sure if that's a function of the mallard I have - I've only tried the bagged feathers; need to pluck some off a drake skin I have to see if it's any better.

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Re: Hamill's Heron

Postby zen leecher » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:38 pm

ScottP wrote:
zen leecher wrote:Scott, what benefit do you find from selecting woodduck for dying over mallard? It seems a waste of good woodduck if you are dying it? Might be I feel that way as I don't see any woodies during hunting season and tend to hoard what feathers I have.


I was the victim of a random act of senseless kindness - a guy on another forum sent me a quart-size bag of woodie flank feathers so my hoarding instincts have abated, not that I go crazy with the stuff. I also found that the woodduck has produced better cloaking wings on theses Heron flies than mallard flank; quills seem to be a bit thinner, making it easier to fold/wrap and retain the curvature I want. Not sure if that's a function of the mallard I have - I've only tried the bagged feathers; need to pluck some off a drake skin I have to see if it's any better.

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Good points about the wing shape and the thinner quill.
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Re: Hamill's Heron

Postby Bazzer69 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:07 pm

Love the pattern it looks like a excellent streamer of Steelhead fly. But for me I would not use chenille for the body but seals fur or a seals fur substitute.
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