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Peacock Eye
By Steven H. McGarthwaite


Peacock feathers are so beautiful and we all know that the side herls make wonderful material for tying flies. But some are at a loss on how to use the most beautiful part of the feather, the iridescent eye of the peacock.

FreebirdsWB (Justin Millikan) asked on the Bulletin Board, "Does anyone have any suggestins for using the multi-colored eyes? I have a couple left over from all the herl I've used. Don't want so many pretty colors to go to waste."

Here are some of the replies and thoughts on the subject.

Brian Aldridge and I believe the iridescent color of the eye herl helps attract fish. Hans Weilenmann and Ronn Lucas think otherwise, that the iridescent eye herl is lost in the water, turning solid black (which is why Hans likes it for a wing case on a nymph).

Most agree that the eye of the peacock is the preferred material for making striped quills for dry flies, such as the Quill Gordon. The quills from the eye material are more flexible and less likely to split in tying.

Some use the eye of the Peacock for flies that will never see the water. ManicZach said, "but I will say, fly tying is not always for fishing, some of my most perfect flies will never be fished. I keep them for the artistic beauty . . ."

Osprey even offered to send a self-addresed, stamped envelope to anyone who is willing to give him their unwanted peacock eyes. All I have to say to that is, I have first dibbs.


Please check out the Fly Tying Section, in the Bulletin Board, on FAOL.

If you have any questions, tips, or techniques; send them along. Most of this material someone else thought of it before we did, they just forgot to tell anyone about it. Or else we just forgot about it, while learning something else. Let us share with each other, all the things we know! ~ Steven H. McGarthwaite parnelli@attbi.com (Chat Room AKA Parnelli)

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