Ruffed Grouse Skin

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Re: Ruffed Grouse Skin

Postby NJpatbee » Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:58 pm

Beautiful grouse skin! I am never without one and it was my favorite game bird back in my upland hunting days.
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Re: Ruffed Grouse Skin

Postby DOUGSDEN » Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:44 pm

Ray,
A Beautiful, beautiful skin for sure! Your post brings back so many memories of Grouse hunting in our area many years ago! I could cry out loud over the numbers of skins I literally destroyed due to stupidity and simply wanting to get the birds skinned and in the freezer or in the pot! All of this was, of course, before I tied. I run across perhaps one or two birds a year during deer season. When I see them (most often only hear them), I cheer out loud for the sheer joy of being in the presence of the King of Game Birds!
Thank you Ray for posting this! The trip down memory lane is well worth it! Would anyone like to swap Grouse stories?
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Re: Ruffed Grouse Skin

Postby Theroe » Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:52 pm

Doug
Sounds like a great topic for a new thread!!
The ruffed grouse is very important in NE Pennsylvania( for hunters, fishers, and eaters!) : the bread crust- basket series is locally very important on the Lackawaxen, Broadhed, and a few other rivers.....Ivan’s version rules here!
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Re: Ruffed Grouse Skin

Postby DOUGSDEN » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:47 pm

Dana,
That's pretty cool! It's nice to know that they are still around! I miss them terribly! One of our friends here locally recorded (on her smart phone of course) a whip-poor-will very close to their house! I had not heard one of those in a very long time! How exciting that was to hear this once common "summer bird"! I am beginning to wonder what kind of plumage these guys have? Hmmm....
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Re: Ruffed Grouseabou

Postby swellcat » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:39 am

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Grouseabou.
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Re: Ruffed Grouseabou

Postby Theroe » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:53 am

swellcat wrote:Image
Grouseabou.


DEADLY stuff.......the ruffed grouse has more excellent,usable feathers for tying than you can imagine. It is THE most underutilized common game bird we have as tyers (IMHO, of course. Try the secondary tail feathers (there is probably a scientific name for them but I don't know it) when tying up standard PT nymphs - they work VERY well at this time of year, as they are lighter than PT. Its called a GT in lieu of PT. You can also use the leftover herls cut from the main tail / wing feathers when making the breadcrust / breadbasket, to make "Grouse Tail Nymphs".
And this bird has two VERY distinct color phases: red & brown. If you ever come across a very dark phase male bird, check the center tail feather: every one in a hundred will have a dark cherry red stem, which makes a killer bread basket. I have found FOUR since I started looking in the 1980's !!

Ray, I think you took a picture of one of mine last weekend - it is collar hackled with looong Darbee dun.....perhaps if you have a picture, maybe you can post here for all to see??

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Re: Ruffed Grouse Skin

Postby Theroe » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:57 am

WOW Ray - YOU ARE GOOD!!

For anyone who is interested, Ray ALREADY posted a picture of the "Cherry Breadbasket" - its under Member Photos >Roscoe Trip 2018.

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P.S. - a "Breadcrust" is size 14 & 12 1x long. The "Breadbasket" is size 6,8,10 2x long.

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