Heron Herl

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joaniebo
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Heron Herl

Post by joaniebo » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:29 pm

Don't remember where I copied this pic from but liked the way the heron feathers looked. Years ago, I ordered "Heron Subs" from Ellis Slater and received various shades of Canada Goose herls to use a subs.
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Re: Heron Herl

Post by wsbailey » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:46 pm

You can get legal heron from Canada but the US is hard line on Grey heron.

http://www.canadiantubeflies.com/flytyi ... heron.html
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Re: Heron Herl

Post by Old Hat » Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:30 pm

The best substitute I have come by for heron is Blue Eared Pheasant. Not the marabou stuff but the feathers used for heron hackle sub on spey flies.

Those goose feathers look like nice sub as well.
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Re: Heron Herl

Post by wsbailey » Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:51 pm

There is a black feather near the tail of a wood duck that makes an excellent substitute for black heron hackles.
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Re: Heron Herl

Post by Theroe » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:05 am

Lots of great replies on this topic - I think the blue eared pheasant that Carl mentions is better than heron in many instances. And the wood duck is one of the more underutilized birds at our disposal. Eric Leiser has paragraphs in his book “Fly tying materials” on this subject. If you don’t have this book, you should!

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