Starlings

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2007/04/11 09:32:58 (permalink)

Starlings

In the march issue of Fly Fisherman they talk about using starling feathers. My qeustion is how do you preserve the cape?
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    Green Weenie
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    RE: Starlings 2007/04/11 17:16:21 (permalink)
    Salt & Borax
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    woodnickle
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    RE: Starlings 2007/04/11 20:48:43 (permalink)
    Thanks Ken. I had some capes that where bug infected. I tossed them.
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    RE: Starlings 2007/04/11 20:57:55 (permalink)
    Moth Balls or Cedar chips for the bugs.

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    woodnickle
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    RE: Starlings 2007/04/11 21:43:41 (permalink)
    Thanks John, but doesn,t the smell get into the feathers?
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    RE: Starlings 2007/04/12 10:02:56 (permalink)
    the smell quickly disapates and the trout don't seem to mind.
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    woodnickle
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    RE: Starlings 2007/04/12 11:59:58 (permalink)
    Never too old to learn.

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    RE: Starlings 2007/04/12 20:20:08 (permalink)
    I have had no problems with smell issues. I will suggest to all  this- take a piece of moss/plant in the water and rub it on the fly before fishing it to remove outside scent, and add stream smells. I do this always, and believe it helps.


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    RE: Starlings 2007/04/13 21:49:40 (permalink)
    Never tried this myself with the capes I have dried.  In regards to the insect problem, I heard that nuking them in a microwave for 5 seconds will do the trick.
    I'm not going to put the in MY microwave.

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    RE: Starlings 2007/04/14 12:46:43 (permalink)
    An excellent resource I came across for preserving feathers and other materials is the book: "From Field to Fly: The Fly Tier's Guide to Skinning and Preserving Wild Game" by Scott Seymour.  It's an excellent book that breaks down all the steps for you.  I haven't had a chance to use if for feathers or capes yet, but have followed the instructions for small game & some other things.  And just so you know, it's about $10, so not expensive at all, and easily attainable for amazon.com or probably even ebay.  Enjoy!
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    RE: Starlings 2007/04/14 18:58:02 (permalink)
    this is a quick way to preserve your cape, have'nt tried it on feather's, but have tried it on rabbit's and squirrel's and it work's very well.get some spirit's of mineral oil place your cape in jar cover with spirit's, leave in jar for three day's, shake jar  once a day, and make sure everything is covered, after three day's remove from jar and rinse under warm water, let dry and dust it with borax.when i do rabbit's and squirrel's i rub the flesh side with neetsfoot to keep it soft.
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    RE: Starlings 2007/04/16 20:22:51 (permalink)
    Great info. Thanks all.

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