starling.

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  1. FFK

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    in the latest issue of fly fisherman it talks about using starling for flys, i was wondering if its legal to shoot these pests in washington
     
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    They're not native and not considered a song bird. You can shoot them anytime.
     
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    OR you can BUY Starling pelts at a certain tying source that begins with "F" (they are NOT sponsors BTW)

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    ok, have you guys tried using starling before?
     
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    I have used starling feathers quite a bit. They have been suggested as an alternative to junglecock for eyes, I tried it but it's just not the same. However they make great softhackle feathers, and interesting cheeks.
     
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    Never looked at the bird much before but after seeing this post looked the bird up on the net.
    Intresting looking feathers. I might have to find a winter pelt or at least some winter pelt breast feathers to try out some time. Looks like the winter feathers might make some intresting streamer cheeks for decievers and such.
     
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    you can blast those birds anytime you please, just pick out a nice bull
     
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    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    kill as many as you can, they invade songbird nests and basically get the native birds chicks killed
     
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    Starling feathers are used on many traditional English soft hackle patterns; Starling and Purple comes immediately to mind. The starling feather is small enough to work well in the smaller sizes and has a nice metallic greenish sheen. John Smeraglio ties a nice Baetis soft hackle emerger with a trailing shuck of Z-lon, an abdomen of one strand of black and one of peacock Krystalflash twisted into a rope, a thorax of dark olive dubbing and a starling hackle.
     
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    Here's a picture of John Smeraglio's Baetis Soft Hackle Emerger.
     

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