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Old 02-10-2006, 09:57 AM
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Substitutes Some new and interesting stuff.

With the increasing popularity of classic and artistic Salmon flies, the rare materials used to make them have been becoming more difficult to find and more expensive to purchase. Not to mention the ethical implications of using materials obtained from rare or endangered species. These factors have combined to create a new market for good substitutes for these materials. And innovative suppliers have come up with some great ideas for these substitutes. At some of the recent fly fishing shows this winter I had a chance to obtain some interesting ones.

Below are some examples of Florican Bustard substitutes. From left to right real Florican, dyed white turkey tail substitue and dyed peacock wing quill substitute.
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These are some substitutes for Kori bustard. From left to right real Kori, dyed white turkey tail substitue and turkey tail bread to look like Kori.
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These are some creative substitutes for other feathers made from dyed white turkey tails. From left to right Banksian Cockatoo, Jay and some teal and duck type substitutes.
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I am currently tying with these substitutes. They were purchased from a non-sponsor shop overseas and were also available during the last Fly Fishing Show circuit. An effective dyeing process transforms these symetrical gobbler tails into material that allows anyone access to quality alternatives to the expensive, hard to get original feathers. Probably environmentally responsible to boot. I spoke with one of our sponsors last week and he is working on bringing these products to his shop as we speak. Good news for all tyers.

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