|These turkey flats have the soft marabou type barbs from the base to about
2/3 up the feather. The tops third though is a fiber that is almost a mix of
turkey quill and marabou. It is supple enough to wrap on a hook or tube but
has way more rigidity than marabou. We brought the extra large turkey flats
in the shop to combat two problems we face in our own tying.......
1. We wanted to make a marabou fly with more structure. Like most tyers, we
traditionally used schlappen as a collar on marabou flies. It looks great, but
the soft schlappen combined with the marabou almost completely collapses
along the shank or tube in faster flows. The turkey stays “bulked up” much
2. We also like using these plumes as an underwing on Intruder style tubes
and shanks. The turkey has body to the wing and actually props up the
more gentle fibers like heron, lady amherst, rhea, and ostrich spey that are
commonly used with Intruders.
These plumes are dyed in our shop and com in packs of 25-35 feathers.
|between 5-7 inches long!