I have been tying lot of Intruders preparing for winter steelhead season, and have had plenty of opportunity to explore a range of options for creating a collar on the butt and shoulder section of my flies. I decided to show three feathers that make good options and show how each looks on the same butt section.
Here are the three feather types:
Of the three feathers, I find the Guinea the most challenging to wind onto the tube or shank. The stems tend to be thicker and reluctant to behave properly while winding. The Pheasant feathers are generally easy to wind and the fibers are longer if you select the largest tippet feathers.
Hope this article and photos provide ideas and encouragement at the fly bench.
Jay Nicholas – winter season 2016/17