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If you fish soft hackles then you must have a Starling skin. Patterns such as the "Starling and Herl", "Black Gnat", and "Simple Starling" have been used for centuries because they are easy to tie and because they catch fish. The "Simple Starling" is especially effective when tied with a thin red or orange body of silk. Silk is hard to find but you can get if from JS Fly Fishing under: Fly Tying -->> Thread/Yarn/Wire/Braid -->> Gossamer Silk Thread.
These skins are a must for any dedicated soft hackle tyer. Many uses for the many feathers found on the skin. J. Stockard also has the best prices on starling skins that I have found. Great Stuff!
I've just begun to use starling for soft hackles. These skins are beautiful! If you've never used starling, don't keep putting off ordering some like I did. Easy to wrap and the webby bluish/black feathers are magnificent. Definitely worth the price. You will like these.
a softhackle must have, especially for smaller softhackles, but more obvious is the darker color. This is one of two softhackle essential products, the other being hungarian partridge in natural color. I love the Starling for blue wing olive subsurface imitations, various midge patterns, emergers, with the smaller feathers comes a wider variety of uses. now where can i find a smaller hungarian partridge skin for my size 22's? lol. :) Almost forgot, i use Starling & Patridge both for leg's on nymphs depending on if i need a light or a dark color.
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