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Wood Duck

In the begining of the 20th century, the Wood Duck population was in serious decline. The birds were hunted extensivly for their meat as well as their feathers for womens hats in Europe. Market hunting was banned and game laws were established. Soon after, they were on the right track and today hunters bag limit on the Pacific Flyway is seven a day. Wood Ducks are a perching duck, nest in hollow tree cavities or nest boxes, clutch size is 9 to 14 eggs and most everyone has seen video of day old ducklings taking that giant leap and heading single file to find water.

Tying with Wood Duck Feathers

Next to the Mallard Drake, the Wood Duck is one of the most useful of all of the waterfowl. For trout flies, the lemon sides are used for wings and tails on dry flies including the Catskill style dry flies.

Dyed in every imaginable color, these same feathers make great throats, collars and hackles for steelhead flies. The smaller feathers can be used for cheeks on streamers. There are a few classic salmon fly patterns that call for unbarred “summer duck” or wood duck for side veilings or tail veilings.

The barred black and white feathers have so many uses in fly patterns. For classic salmon flies, tail and side veilings, wing sides, and under wings are all used. The Mary Orvis Marbury style flies use these whole feathers for wings on such flies such as the Matador, Tomah- Jo, Moose and the Cassard, slips for under wings for the Holberton I and on trout flies such as the Romeyn with slips for the wings and tail.

There are many other beautiful feathers on this bird that could find uses for the creative/artistic tier and craftsperson.

  • feather assortments
  • full skins
  • fly patterns
  • links to other exotics

 


Lemon Wood Duck

Everyone is familiar with lemon wood duck,however, as in peafowl, breeders have been selective breeding for different color mutations. These feathers may not all be lemon but they have the same vermiculated pattern. 12 feathers to a pack.

 

wild type - $4 pk

apricot - $6 pk

silver - $10 pk

white - $8 pk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
wild type   apricot   silver   white  
$4   $6   $10   $8  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Barred Wood Duck

And here are the barred feathers, the wild type feathers and the different color mutations.

 

wild type - $2.50 pr

apricot - $3.50 pr

silver - $7.50 pr

white - $7.50 pr

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 
wild type   apricot   silver   white  
$2.50 pr   $3.50 pr   $7.50 pr   $7.50 pr  

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Assortments

I'm puting together a few different assortments of both lemon and barred feathers with all 4 colors. Hope to have them up here soon.

 

large - $

medium - $

small - $

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
assortment 1       assortment 2   assortment 3  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Skins - Drakes

This is an older male in full feather. Check out the close ups below, the eyed feathers are in good condition and the color is very good.

The tail feathers are perfect, no wear at all on any edges. With a bit of steaming the eyes on the individual feathers will look as nice as the ones pictured in the sidebar.

 

 

$75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

center tails side tails swords

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Skins - Hens

This is an older male in full feather. Check out the close ups below, the eyed feathers are in good condition and the color is very good.

The tail feathers are perfect, no wear at all on any edges. With a bit of steaming the eyes on the individual feathers will look as nice as the ones pictured in the sidebar.

 

 

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center tails side tails swords

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Thanks!

 




Wood Duck hen



hendrickson's

 

Silver Wood Duck



Silver Drake

 

Apricot Wood Duck




Apricot Drake

 

White Wood Duck




White Drake


Wood Duck




Wild-type Drake