I read an article recently that suggested that an old Smoky Mountain pattern, the "Yallerhammer" (local pronunciation of Yellow Hammer) is a very effective fly for Bluegills. The problem is that the original fly was tied with the wing feather of a Yellow Flicker, AKA "Yellow Hammer." The problem is that the Yellow Flicker woodpecker is now on the protected list (maybe endangered list) and so it is off limits as fly tying material. The article went on to say that the wing feather of a dove (mourning dove) the kind of dove that is legal to hunt in the Fall can be dyed as a substitute. I also saw that a Partridge feather dyed yellow will also work. The wing feather is split down the shaft so that 1 feather can be used to tie two flies. It makes a very spikey looking fly as the feather is palmered up the shaft from the bend to the eye of the hook. My problem is coming up with a source for feathers. I haven't dove hunted in years and they won't be in season until the fall. Does anyone have a suggestion for how I can come up with some wing fellows, preferably already dyed?
If you would like to read the article from which the picture was taken, you will find it here: