AW, FEATHERS! While we’re sure you have stronger language for tonight’s snow, this is a family-friendly website. But speaking of feathers, we talk through a trio of popular products that make jigs, wet flies, streamers and other creations flow and look all the more natural in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Saddle Hackle Feathers are what give woolly buggers their pulsating body, while marabou sells the back-end with a seductive wiggle in the water. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 4/12 – Incoming Snow. Hi 37, Lo 26, Wind NtoE@15.
Tomorrow: Fri 4/13 – Snow tapers by noon. Hi 31, Lo 19, Wind N@20, G30.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:59AM Sunset: 8:28PM
Moonrise: 5:50AM Moonset 4:46PM
Overhead: 11:14AM Underfoot: 11:37PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (14% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:00 – 5:00PM. The front will work its way through late in the day, catch a hot bite with noonset in the Edge Hour, just before the weather turns.
BOU-YEAH! The soft, flowy marabou feathers found on a variety of birds gives undulating action to crappie jigs and streamers. In bulk it can be tied into skirts for large in-line spinners for muskies and pike. Easily moved by the slightest twitch, this special feather provides a spot-on leech or minnow imitation under the water.
SADDLE UP! Large saddle hackle feathers provide great underfeathers on bucktails adding color and life, and can also be palmered around the body of streamers, creating a covering of shivering leggy-gilly-finny type structures that turn fish on. While natural colors abound, saddle hackle feathers come in an array of dyed hues for use on all sorts of bright and attractive streamers.
RESIST! Perhaps the most common feather in fly-tying is the dry fly hackle. Wrapped tightly around the pattern, the stiff fibers form a ring of tiny legs which distribute surface tension and keep the fly afloat, much like the legs of an ant or midge keep it from sinking into the water. For the past three decades, Whiting Farms has been a top producer of these engineered chicken feathers, making fly tying all the better through science.