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#1 Downdaline

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 04:45 PM

I'm trying to get a few teal feathers with nice markings, a small diameter rachis with barb length that would make nice throats on 3/0 and 4/0 patterns. What I have is either too short a rachis or too long in. barb length. Your help appreciated.
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#2 jgogg

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 05:06 PM

Too short a barb length is hard to fix, but too long is not much of a problem.  Just wrap it so the barbs extend the length you want, then tie them off at the appropriate location.  After than, the portion from tie off to rachis can be removed.  Or, you can peel the barbs off the rachis, leaving them attached to each other by only that fine remainder of the rachis.  Then wrap them at the length you wish.  Of course, the ideal would be to have just the right feather....but these options are likely better looking than a traditional one; scissoring the feathers to length.


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Posted 03 November 2017 - 11:13 AM

Dave, if you wanted to try over this side of the pond.... try Steve Cooper c/o   http://www.cookshill-flytying.co.uk/   but ALWAYS email him first, as his website is rarely updated & tell him exactly what you need



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Posted 05 November 2017 - 01:52 AM

He has a package in the mail.