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Hummingbirds - an historic enquiry

16 February 2020 - 11:18 PM

Hi guys,

Sorry for a slightly off-beat, oddball enquire - but I really hope you can help!

Im researching the historic use of hummingbird feathers in the Victorian and Edwardian era. A lot of the trade in them was for the fashion houses of London and Paris, and hat-makers in particular.

I wondered, however, if their feathers were ever used in the creation of any fishing flies? Given their colour and iridescence, and the fact that there was an active commercial trade in them at the time, I would have thought they might have been. But I really need some folks with expert fly-tying knowledge who can confirm this was the case, if it was!

Really hoping someone might be able to help.

Very best,

Jon