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Isonychia Emerger Wing

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Ok,

 

So I have been working on an Iso emerger pattern for a while and was trying different things for the wing. Basically the pattern is tied like a hare's ear nymph, but the tail is kip fibers instead and the body is either grey or red.

 

The question I have is for the wing: I want to use a fluffy material, and tie it in almost so it looks like a parachute post, but not as rigid. I was thinking possum, but does anyone have any suggestions?

 

Much appreciated, I'm looking forward to ideas. (Pictures are welcome)

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thanks for the input. I have seen the CDC stuff... it's okay, I'm not a huge fan of it. I'm looking for almost a gray material that is as soft as squirrel zonker strips that you can almost tie in like a parachute post? Once I find it I will post a picture. Any more input is greatly appreciated.

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How about aftershaft feathers. You know- those small fluffy feathers found at the base of gamebird feathers? Most are some shade of grey and they are soft and much denser than CDC.

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to take rockworm's reply one step further, chickens do have oil glands located on the top side of the tail. you might have noticed on a whole chicken bought from the grocery store on the top side (same side as the spine) there is a small piece cut out.

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