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    Default Partridge and pea.

    Having just finished an order for pike and salt water flies, some therapy was needed. This is the result.
    Pea and Partridge_0001.jpg
    Hook: 14 Wet fly.
    Thread: UTC 70 Blue dun.
    Body: Dyed red stripped peacock eye herl, coated with Diamond Fine UV resin.
    Wing: Starling.
    Hackle: Grey partridge.

    I feel better now!

    Cheers,
    A.
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    I'd feel a LOT better if my flies looked that good!

    Cliff

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    Sharp looking wet fly!
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    Alan,

    Very nice, very crisp. I went in reverse - after tying up a bunch of little tailwater stuff, I switched gears and turned out some saltwater/steelhead flies (that I may/may not use any time soon), just to clean out the pipes.

    Regards,
    Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff955 View Post
    I'd feel a LOT better if my flies looked that good!

    Cliff
    Yeah. That's just beautiful.

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    Very nice tie.

    - Jeff
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    Alan, do you strip the peacock quill yourself or buy it pre-stripped?
    If you buy the full eyes, where do you get them? The small eyes sold in the shops are pretty much junk and break easily.

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    Hi Steven,
    Yes I did strip the herl myself using an eraser on a board (Bleaching leaves them brittle, and paraffin wax is just too much messing around). Those eyes came from a supplier on eBay. Yes good eyes are hard to source. A friend had some left from the 1950's and they were nothing like what we have today. Almost twice as wide and much better marked. One of the few things that we don't have better quality today than then.

    I believe it is the older birds that produce the better eyes. As less people eat peafowl today than ever before you would think older birds would be easy to come by. There is a small flock near here with an old alpha male bird. I know the land owner doesn't mind if it meets with an "accident". Maybe next summer I will have to have a late night trip up there. This peacock will not permit any of the others to grow a tail, the fights are quite ferocious. Got any good recipes for peafowl?

    Cheers,
    A.
    "Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical
    minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which
    holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a ****
    by the clean end"

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