Endemic to the heather moorlands of the British Islands, this bird feeds almost exclusivly on the shoots, seeds, and flowers of heather. The "Glorious twelfth" marks the begining of hunting season, shooting takes the form of "walked up" or "driven". Driven being where "beaters" push large numbers of birds towards gunners hiding behind a line called "butts".
Tying with Red Grouse Feathers
Not really red in the hue category, more of a chestnut color. The feathers from this rather drab bird have been used for a long time in trout flies for wings, hackles and wing cases on stone fly patterns.
The soft character of the body plumage has made this bird popular with the soft hackle fly tiers. The color approximates some insect leg coloration. There are a few vintage salmon flies that call for Red Grouse for the throat.
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The length, softness, and color pattern of the feathers on these wings make them perect for tying soft hackle flies.
The underwing also has many usable feathers.
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The length, softness, and color pattern of the feathers on these wings make them perect for tying soft hackle flies. The underwing also has many usable feathers.
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