Friends of mine, a couple that reside by Jefferson River at Three Folks, MT, sent me some pheasant feathers as a Christmas gift (partly joke so I can tie some flies for free). They say the bird would have been killed by a coyote in their property (but I know they are good hunters). Those feathers seemed to me from shoulder, probably from hen (softer than cocks'), along with after shaft plumes. These plumes meant more than a joke to me and really turned me on too design a fly. I came up with a synthesis of "traditional looking", "durability", "modern materials", and "existing patterns".