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Fly Tyiing with Northern Shovler Flank Feathers

The Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) is a species of dabbling duck known for its distinctive and oversized spatula-shaped bill. As many of you know we have been working at increasing our line of Spawn Super Select Feathers. Shovler has been heavily requested. Before we jump into the feathers themselves that we sell we wanted to tell you a bit about the duck itself. Here are some key points about the Northern Shoveler:

  1. Physical Appearance: Male Northern Shovelers have striking plumage with iridescent green heads, white chest and neck, chestnut-colored sides, and a distinctive white stripe down the side. Females are more subdued, with mottled brown plumage.

  2. Habitat: They are commonly found in shallow freshwater habitats, including marshes, ponds, and lakes. They are widespread and can be found in North America, Europe, Asia, and northern Africa.

  3. Diet: Northern Shovelers are filter feeders. They use their large bills to sift through the water, collecting aquatic invertebrates, seeds, and vegetation.

Now what you've been waiting for... What feathers do we have here at Spawn and how can they be used. We will selling the flank feathers (side of duck between the wing and the tail). Within the flank feathers we will break them down into solid chestnut colored feathers and mottled feathers. Both are stunning the solid chestnut feathers will have a range of sizes from small to large while the mottled are generally larger feather. 

  1. Flank Feathers: The flank feathers of ducks are often chosen for their softness, flexibility, and natural coloration. These feathers are commonly used to create wings, tails, and other components of fly patterns. The shoveler has some of the softest fibers we have sorted and will have incurable movement in the water. 

  2. Uses in Fly Patterns: Flank feathers from ducks like the Northern Shoveler are used to imitate the natural appearance of insects, small fish, or other prey. The unique coloration and texture of these feathers add realism to the flies, making them more effective in enticing fish. Northern Shovler will have many uses with classic patterns but also we foresee them working into everything from carp to trout flies

  3. Fly Tying Techniques: Fly tyers may use flank feathers for various patterns such as wet flies, nymphs, and streamers.The feathers are carefully selected, prepared, and tied onto the hook to mimic the movement and profile of natural prey. 

Fly tying with flank feathers from shovelers is both an art and a science, as anglers experiment with different patterns and materials to create effective imitations that attract fish. Northern Shoveler flank feathers, with their distinct coloration, can contribute to the success of certain fly patterns in different fishing situations. Shop our selection today and see what all the hype is about!

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