Mallard Drake Flank Feathers

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Mallard Drake Flank Feathers from Veniard

Mallard Flank in a variety of colours. Use for Wings, collars, tailing, soft hackles, cheeks and especially, Pappa Roaches.

Available as:
Mixed packs in Bronze and Olive
Small or Medium packs in Bronze or Olive
Select packs of 10 premium selected feathers in either Small, Medium or Bronze.

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Mallard Drake Flank Feathers are a versatile and popular choice for fly tying. The barred feathers from the flank of the duck are particularly useful, as they can be used to create a variety of different fly patterns.

Wings

Mallard flank feathers are often used to create the wings of dry flies. The barred pattern of the feathers helps to imitate the natural wings of a mayfly or caddisfly, and the feathers are also relatively stiff, which helps to keep the fly afloat. Some popular flies that use mallard flank wings include the Quill Gordon, the Light Cahill, and the Adams.

Tails

Mallard flank feathers can also be used to create the tails of dry flies. The barred pattern again helps to imitate the natural tails of mayflies and caddisflies, and the feathers are also relatively soft, which helps to keep the fly from sinking too quickly. Some popular flies that use mallard flank tails include the Royal Coachman, the Blue Wing Olive, and the Hendrickson.

Legs

Mallard flank feathers can also be used to create the legs of nymphs and streamers. The barred pattern helps to imitate the natural legs of aquatic insects, and the feathers are also relatively stiff, which helps to keep the fly from sinking too quickly. Some popular flies that use mallard flank legs include the Hare's Ear Nymph, the Pheasant Tail Nymph, and the Woolly Bugger.

Other uses

In addition to wings, tails, and legs, mallard flank feathers can also be used for a variety of other purposes in fly tying. For example, they can be used to create the collars of dry flies, the parachute posts of wet flies, and the wingcases of nymphs. They can also be used to create cheek patches on trout flies and to add a touch of flash to streamers.

Conclusion

Mallard flank feathers are a versatile and useful material for fly tying. They can be used to create a variety of different fly patterns, and they are relatively easy to find and purchase. If you are looking for a high-quality feather for your next fly tying project, mallard flank feathers are a great option.

Here are some additional tips for using mallard flank feathers in fly tying:

  • When selecting mallard flank feathers, look for feathers that have a wide range of bars. This will help to create a more realistic fly pattern.
  • When tying in mallard flank feathers, be sure to use a strong thread. This will help to prevent the feathers from coming loose.
  • If you are tying a dry fly, you may want to seal the mallard flank feathers with a clear coat of varnish. This will help to keep the feathers from absorbing water and sinking.

With a little practice, you will be able to use mallard flank feathers to create a variety of beautiful and effective fly patterns.