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i have been tying flies for trout fo some time now but since i fish fo steelhead also i would like to tie some spey flies too. I was wounderin what would be a good substitute fo heron. Thanks fo da inforation on tha subject any of you response will be appraised greatly. :??
 

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Hello.You're local fly shop should have spey hackle available.The package just say's "spey hackle".It is a heron substitute.I don't know what type of bird they come from but they tie quite nicely,just make sure you soak them in water for a few minutes prior to tying as they are pretty stiff.You can also use schlappen hackle.I also found spey hackle at GI Joe's available in every color you need.
Good luck, Daryl
 

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Hey thanks fo the information bout da spey flies, i guess i got to catch da metro to get me to GI joes to buy some materials. Thank you fo the imfomation once a gian. on a side not my name be not daryl!!
DARYL who ??? DARYL WHO??? My name note' be daryl, WHO HE BE. i no u dont no 'who i's be' but dat iight, got to go bus be gettin here soon. :)
 

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Blue-Eared Pheasant is the best heron substitute I've found; very long fibers on long feathers with stems that are not too thick to actually wrap around a hook without soaking or surgery. The one draw back is that they do not come in colors that I know of as the natural color is quite dark. Skins are expensive, but better shops will have small packages of selected feathers (particularly tying-oriented shops).
 
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