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Pheasant Feathers for the Fly Fisherman

John Edstrom, PF's Merchandise Manager, shows off a steelhead hooked on a pheasant feather fly.

There are a lot of pheasant hunters that spend the spring and summer waist-deep in trout streams.  For many, reading a stream’s ripples is akin to assessing grasslands for likely pheasant flushing locations.  One such person is John Edstrom, PF’s Merchandise Manager and owner of Headwaters Fly Fishing Company.

John Edstrom's collection of flies featuring rooster feathers.

This morning, John brought in some of his favorite flies made from pheasant feathers (pictured).  Each of these five flies feature tail feathers from roosters and/or ruffed grouse John harvested over his pair of English setters, Chance & Jake. 

Do you tie flies made from pheasants you shoot during the autumn?

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.

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One Response to “Pheasant Feathers for the Fly Fisherman”

  1. Nick says:

    PTNs, EZ Nymphs, Soft Hackles, Gartside Sparrows – all great flies from pheasants for all varieties of fish!

    If you can bag a rooster, a ruffie and a hungarian partridge in the same autumn, you’ve got a winter’s worth of feathers for nearly every pattern under the sun.


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