The nature of feather construction


By Wayne Luallen

We have all read fly patterns that refer to quills, barbs, barbules, fibers, shafts, stems, vanes and so forth, but when we read these terms do we know what they have reference to? This article sets all these terms and many more straight.

The first chapter >>>

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A part of learning to do flies like this one is learning to know the main material: feathers.
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We need to have standards
To whet the appetite
3a Feather Anatomy 101, a
3b Feather Anatomy 101, b
Tremendous variety
Understanding marrying
Feather Types
Feather Names
The wing feathers
Stages of plumage
10 Summation
11 Definitions
12 References

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