dyeing feathers

Bob Newman

Active Member
i would check in with folks who do an A+ job of dying materials. Dave at Waters West comes to mind as an individual who has this talent down pat. it is way harder than it appears to get vibrant colors that don't wash off. i think the master of all time was Dave McNeese who attacked whatever with a passion that produced brilliant colors.
McNeese still dyes feathers and furs, just don't know if he sells anymore.
 

Tim Ihle

Active Member
i would check in with folks who do an A+ job of dying materials. Dave at Waters West comes to mind as an individual who has this talent down pat. it is way harder than it appears to get vibrant colors that don't wash off. i think the master of all time was Dave McNeese who attacked whatever with a passion that produced brilliant colors.
..was Dave McNeese? Still IS Dave McNeese! He’s not dead.
 

gt

Active Member
..was Dave McNeese? Still IS Dave McNeese! He’s not dead.
Dave is still alive but banned for life from all things fishing because of a conviction regarding unregistered polar bear pelts. lost his shop and everything in it decades ago. turned to butterfly collecting last i heard. his talent spawned a couple of current contemporaries, Shewy and Hogan to name a couple. his talents in creating beautiful and unique fly patterns was amazing and sitting watching him was quite a lesson in watching beauty being created. i miss his talents and his personality, both quite unique.
 

Tim Ihle

Active Member
Dave is still alive but banned for life from all things fishing because of a conviction regarding unregistered polar bear pelts. lost his shop and everything in it decades ago. turned to butterfly collecting last i heard. his talent spawned a couple of current contemporaries, Shewy and Hogan to name a couple. his talents in creating beautiful and unique fly patterns was amazing and sitting watching him was quite a lesson in watching beauty being created. i miss his talents and his personality, both quite unique.
Well,....hes not banned from EVERYTHIN...or is he?
 

JamesRPL+

Active Member
Used A koolaid method I found on you tube. The most amazing yellow for the sallys.on the coastal rivers.no muss or fuss
 

gt

Active Member
Well,....hes not banned from EVERYTHIN...or is he?
have not kept up with this since moving to WA do i can't answer that. we used to live 8 blocks from his shop so i saw him quite frequently as it was a great place to hang out and learn.
 

MD

Active Member
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I’ve found cherry kool aid to make a nice vibrant red. The picture shows turkey and mallard. I’ve also used it on grizzly hackle, rabbit and deer hair. BB1E0D05-1655-4609-BFEC-97B5E2051E6F.jpeg
 
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