Pheasant Tails

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Re: Pheasant Tails

Post by Mike62 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:59 pm

upstatetrout wrote: Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:46 am You could also wash the feathers using Woolite in a tub and swishing them around so that they remarry. Don't know how well this would work on dyed feathers but it works wonders on Golden Pheasat tails. The best pheasant feathers I ever got came from a hunter friend of mine who only hunts wild birds. He believes that farm raised birds will ruin a good dog.

Could you explain the technique in detail; proportions, time, water temp...? I'd love to give this a try!
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Re: Pheasant Tails

Post by wsbailey » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:27 pm

As a dyer I'm careful about using detergents that contain optical brighteners. Turns out it makes a difference when hunting. I don't know but they might have an effect on fish too. ... g-success/
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Re: Pheasant Tails

Post by Bazzer69 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:46 pm

I’ve just received my PT’s from Cookshill, at first sight I was disappointed, but further examination showed me that the barbs on at least four of them were 2 inches or better on one side of the feather. I had been hoping for center tail feathers which these are not. Yes, they are scruffy and could do with a rinse, but since I’m removing four or five barbs at a time this is no big deal. Would I call the Super Select as I ordered, no, but they will do the job tying PT’s and the like. Frank Saywers PT’s are pretty scruffy so what was good enough for him is good enough for me
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Re: Pheasant Tails

Post by joaniebo » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:27 pm

For several years, I did buy pheasant tails in various places, including (once) at a flower shop where the PTs were being used in floral arrangements.

But, I've been lucky, in that I've been able to get several VERY NICE PTs recently due to hunting some wild Iowa pheasants......I didn't get to down too may pheasants as the corn crops were still in, but a young fellow who was hunting with us, took me to his family farm, went inside a barn, and brought me out a handful of wild Iowa rooster pheasant tails ....I'm now set for quite awhile.
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