The name Mallard is derived from the old french word "mallart" which means wild duck. In Florida it is no longer legal to breed Mallards, cross breeding has threatened the native Mottled Duck. This "genetic pollution" has created conservation concerns for many species, Mallards can successfully cross with 63 species, threateining the genetic integrity of the world's indigenous waterfowl.
Tips for Tying with Mallard Feathers
As common as the Mallard is it supplies fly tiers some of the most useful feathers.
To the salmon dresser the grey flank feathers are called for in many classic patterns of side veilings, under wings and married in wings. The large bronze colored shoulder feathers are indispensable to the classic Spey fly tier for wings on flies such as the Lady Caroline and similarly winged flies.
Also, what would a classic salmon fly be without a roof of bronze mallard?
The grey flank feathers are used as collars on a series of trout flies called “Spiders”. Dyed in any color, these flank feathers are used creatively in steelhead and spey style flies. Long in fiber, these feathers can also be used for body hackles. Smaller feathers are used in Landlocked Salmon and trout streamer patterns.
Bronze Mallard are feathers found only on the shoulders of a drake Mallard. Their are 5 pair found on each drake, ranging from small to large as pictured on the left.
Spey patterns, such as those pictured on the right, show how these feathers finish the fly.
small - $
medium - $
large - $
mixed 9 pair set - $7.50
|cul de canard - oiler puffs||$5.50|
Oiler Puffs are the feathers found at the tip of the oil gland on all ducks. They are very small fluffy feathers used for tying emerger patterns.
Those found on geese are much larger and longer, as can bee seen in the picture below.
Feather Packs - 5 strands
Biots are the stiff barbs on the outer edge of the primary wing quill. And even though these are from a goose, I've listed them here.
|Primary Wing Quills||$5.50|
Feather Packs - 2 pairs
These are matched pairs of primary wing quills, perfect for tying wings on wet flies and no hackle dun patterns.
2 pair set - $5.50
This is a game farm raised bird. He was an older breeder that died of natural causes. He is in good feather, no rub marks or ice damage.
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don't ruin the feathers!!!
Mallard Hen Flank
tying in the tail
mallard dyed wood duck
The bronze mallard feathers are found directly above the blue wing patch
Cul de Canard
quill body pattern