These large grouse inhabit the conifer and mixed forests in the mountainous regions of the west. The Sooty is home to the pacific Coast Range and Sierra Nevada. Males have a yellow air sac and red wattle over the eye. The Dusky is found in the Rocky Mountains, and has purple air sacs and yellow eye wattles. Both males have a grey bar on the end of their tail, much thicker and lighter in the Sooty.
Dusky: Dendragapus obscurus
Tying with Blue Grouse
Currently referred to as the Dusky Grouse, this bird has a slate gray color. This grayish color gives the trout tier a distinct color for making mayfly emergers and nymphs.
It is the second largest grouse. As with the other grouse soft hackle patterns produce a darker overall effect in the water covering another range of color of bugs.
- full skins
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- links to other exotics
Blue Grouse Male
I have a few nice birds in the freezer and hope to be getting to them soon. May even have a female. If they are in good enough shape, I hope to make a study skin from one.
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I'm looking for pictures of flies and the recipies you used to tie them. Please give me a call or email me for more information.
Sooty: Dendragapus fuliginosus