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English Jay bird

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:55 pm
by mooney4
So tonight I attended my tying clubs monthly meeting. We always have a prize table to raffle off items. I was lucky and won an English Jay bird skin. As a materials holic Im always excited to find new materials. My question is, what patterns out there call for Jay feathers??? Are there wet patterns?

Re: English Jay bird

Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:42 am
by wsbailey
Lots of traditional Irish wet fly patterns use jay hackles.The blue feather is split to make a hackle. The brownish beige feathers can be used as a corncrake substitute.

Re: English Jay bird

Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:48 am
by kacbo
Jay has has feathers that are excellent for wing on wet fly. Primary feathers snippets are used for wet imitation of mayflies around surface. Absolute prime tying material.
Blue feathers are famous for Invictas' throat.
Body feathers are incredibly soft, though I do not use them as thay deserve.

Re: English Jay bird

Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:42 pm
by Old Hat
Hi Richard, I used the under coverts of a jay wing for my Cinnamon Fly hackle.
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Re: English Jay bird

Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:07 am
by NightWatchman
Nice fly Old Hat !

Re: English Jay bird

Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:34 am
by DUBBN
Old Hat wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:42 pm
Hi Richard, I used the under coverts of a jay wing for my Cinnamon Fly hackle.

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Buggy

Re: English Jay bird

Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:55 am
by Theroe
.....yet ANOTHER killer pattern from Carl.......very nice !!!

Dana