FEATHER WEATHER. One more shot of snow heads off to the east before things get on a warming trend. Use today to take final stock of those flies, lures and other tackle items before spring finally does its thing and expect melting (and the related bite) to start in earnest by the weekend. In today’s Three Things we cover a trio of rooster pheasant feathers and their uses for some favorite flies.
Featured Photo: Pelted. A rooster pheasant pelt could quite literally tie thousands of flies. Simonson Photo.
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 4/18 – Snow tapers in morning. Hi 43, Lo 29, Wind NW@10.
Tomorrow: Thu 4/19 – A welcome warm up. Hi 49, Lo 27, Wind SE@8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:50AM Sunset: 8:36PM
Moonrise: 8:47AM Moonset 11:48PM
Overhead: 4:13PM Underfoot: 3:45AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (9% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:00-5:00PM. Sneak out early after the rain/snow clears out and moonset provides a bump in today’s Edge Hour.
TAILING. No part of the pheasant is more ubiquitous in various nymph and other patterns than the fibers from the tail feathers. Easily wrapped and folded to form buggy bodies, these fibers create not only bulk but also the illusion of tiny hairs and gills found on various aquatic stages of insects.
I HEART TYING. The almond heart feather from the chest of a rooster pheasant makes a great wing on caddisflies or small hopper patterns and has a deep auburn with light orange shimmer that we can’t find on any other . Lacquer them for added strength and to help preserve that one-of-a-kind shine to keep those patterns looking their best.
HACKLES UP. The rump hackles in their blue-green-gold hues make great collars on streamers and are the perfect accent to the marabou feathers that lie just below them around the tail. With just a couple wraps they form a contrasting finish for any leech or crayfish imitation and a flash of color to help add some excitement.