Gobble Gobble – Turkey’s Multiple Uses In Fly Tying

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Do you ever find yourself wanting to pull of the road to snip off some feathers when you see one of these guys? I know it would never work, but it still doesn’t stop me from finding myself wanting to try. Turkey feathers have been used in fly tying since the very beginning, and many of our popular fly patterns today still incorporate turkey feathers in their tying recipes. Turkey tails work great for tying wings in many of our dry flies. It also works equally well for tying wing pads and shellbacks in thorax’s of our nymphs. I love to use the two toned turkey under feathers (basically marabou) for tails in my nymphs and woolly buggers. Dig in deeper and I think you’ll find several other useful situations where turkey feathers will serve you well in your fly tying fresh or saltwater.

G & G Tip: Find a buddy that turkey hunts but doesn’t fly fish. You’ll be able to get your hands on all the turkey feathers you can cram into your fly tying bins.

Happy Thanksgiving from Gink & Gasoline

Kent Klewein
Gink & Gasoline
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2 thoughts on “Gobble Gobble – Turkey’s Multiple Uses In Fly Tying

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  2. The feathers all over the thighs/upper legs make great soft hackles, they are good substitutes for quail.

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