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dyed starling skins

Post by ronr » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:11 pm

I tie quite a few small flies with starling feathers. I can't find dyed skins locally. Anyone recommend a source and are the dyed skins really worth having for variety. Does the dying weaken the feathers?
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Re: dyed starling skins

Post by ForumGhillie » Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:09 pm

ronr wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:11 pm
I tie quite a few small flies with starling feathers. I can't find dyed skins locally. Anyone recommend a source and are the dyed skins really worth having for variety. Does the dying weaken the feathers?
Below is where I have purcahsed a lot of high quality fly tying materials...
https://competitiveangler.com/shop/body ... ling-skin/

I have never purchased any dyed starling, just natural.
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Re: dyed starling skins

Post by Bazzer69 » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:16 pm

ForumGhillie wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:09 pm
ronr wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:11 pm
I tie quite a few small flies with starling feathers. I can't find dyed skins locally. Anyone recommend a source and are the dyed skins really worth having for variety. Does the dying weaken the feathers?
Below is where I have purcahsed a lot of high quality fly tying materials...
https://competitiveangler.com/shop/body ... ling-skin/

I have never purchased any dyed starling, just natural.
Good link, that site has a whole host of interesting materials starling is a very delicate feather, I’m guessing that bleaching it would weaken it considerably as might some dyes.
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Re: dyed starling skins

Post by dj1212 » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:45 pm

I've ordered from Competitive Angler a few times. No problems. I highly recommend.
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Re: dyed starling skins

Post by Ron Eagle Elk » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:30 am

I have several dyed starling skins, as well as a bleached skin. The feathers are no more fragile than a standard skin. I bought them from a guy who does small batch dying at a fly expo in Washington years ago. I looked on the packages for his info, but there was none. Sorry.
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Re: dyed starling skins

Post by jcwillow777 » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:25 pm

I've been getting my skins from Mike Hogue - Eflytyer.com. I haven't bought any dyed skins from him, but I've gotten a few dyed packs. I have been very happy with everything I've bought from him.
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