Starling skins

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Re: Starling skins

Post by Theroe » Mon Nov 29, 2021 4:52 pm

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Re: Starling skins

Post by JohnMD1022 » Mon May 30, 2022 7:09 pm

I used know a luthier who built a wooden frame by his paling area which was below the view of neighbors. The bottom of the frame was. Hardware cloth wired to 220v

He’d get stale bread from a local outlet, use it as bait, an when the starlings flooded his “feeder”, he’d flip the switch. He reported that his largest bag was over 200.

Of course, this was 50 years ago.
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Re: Starling skins

Post by Terrestrial12 » Tue Jun 14, 2022 10:47 am

Question...I use a ton of starling. A ton by my standards anyway, I'm still on my first skin. It's just a run of the mill, hareline brand skin. Would you suggest getting a "better" skin from someone or ate they all about the same? I've gotten some stuff that's been stunning from cooks hill and other stuff has been pretty much low rent fly shop quality. Some of it has even been plain garbage. Very mixed reviews. Anyway tho....starling.
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Re: Starling skins

Post by letumgo » Tue Jun 14, 2022 6:42 pm

T12 - I’ve had mixed results with mail order starling skins. I now generally only buy them after picking thru them in person, when I go to a show or visit a shop that carries them (Catskills). I bought several different colors one time, because they were nice skins. Good luck.
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Re: Starling skins

Post by joaniebo » Sun Jun 19, 2022 4:47 pm

Mike62 wrote: Thu Nov 18, 2021 8:37 pm Cookshill is being difficult; does anybody have another source for high quality Starling that they could share with me? Thanks.
What do you mean about Cookshill being "difficult"? I just checked Steve's website and there's no notation that starling skins or wings are in short supply. Did you ask Steve when they might be available?

As a side note, I've tried "several" US sources for starlings and wasn't very happy with them so I went back to Cookshill.

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Re: Starling skins

Post by NightWatchman » Mon Jun 20, 2022 10:41 am

All you need is some suet,a BB gun and a good skinner. There is NO shortage of starlings
on this side of the pond.
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Re: Starling skins

Post by Mike62 » Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:32 am

joaniebo wrote: Sun Jun 19, 2022 4:47 pm
Mike62 wrote: Thu Nov 18, 2021 8:37 pm Cookshill is being difficult; does anybody have another source for high quality Starling that they could share with me? Thanks.
What do you mean about Cookshill being "difficult"? I just checked Steve's website and there's no notation that starling skins or wings are in short supply. Did you ask Steve when they might be available?

As a side note, I've tried "several" US sources for starlings and wasn't very happy with them so I went back to Cookshill.

Bob
...and back in October when I checked, they were hard to come by, according to the person who responded. I was told they didn't have a firm timeline on when they would be getting more in. Perhaps I should have used the word 'vague', as opposed to difficult? I've bought materials from them on several occasions and have always been happy with what they sent; I certainly wasn't trashing Cookshill for not having the skins.
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