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Livestock sales are a good way to get some birds. A lot of times they are culls or extras from area breeders and hobbyists, etc. And odds are they will NOT be "fly quality" bred.

Spotting healthy birds is something that comes after just a little exposure to them, if you are not used to examining them. Check out the pure breeding stock - the ones that cost big money - for comparison.You can get a good close up look at the feathers while the critter is caged for inspection.

Borax for the skins, once the bird is butchered. Salt is not needed for birds. They have little fat or moisture in their skins that requires drawing out. Save the Mortons box for the mammals.

davi you would be suprised at some of the low quality feathers i have used.roadkill would be a step up.i am not tyting sz 18 {insert latin bug name here}that only lives in scottish highland chalk streams.i just want some decent feathers that don't look like i tied em out of mayor daley pidgeon that i got off the L tracks.i was at a county fair last summer and there is some good looking poultry to be had cheap.i no longer hunt much but i killed my first pheasant at 10 and 100s after.wish i would have saved some feathers.

Well I didnt know your background, etc. I wanted to put something out there that might help, if you were not really a DIY harvester.
I used to do a lot with chickens, raising and breeding etc. 'Got to know a good one from a weak sister. Sometimes I get a little carried away....

Funny you should mention Scottish streams, etc. Im currently reading, "Season of the Spider," a tale of one guys year long quest to fish the Umbrian countryside using old style "north country spider" flies. We could do alot worse than learn to tie those flies. :)

I tie duck feather jigs in weights from 1/100 up to 1/32 with 1/64 being my "go-to" size.  They work great for gills and crappies.

I'm sure they work well. I personally love to fish with jigs 1/16th being the largest and down to 1/64th. Hey Badgerloader do you have any pictures of your jigs you wouldn't mind showing. I might get some ideas for myself, I love to make new stuff. GOOD FISHIN....

Dick:  I hope this picture is clear.

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Neat jigs buddy I can see many fish hooking up on those. Thanks for sharing it greatly appreciated.

I use mostly feather jigs.  Plastic body jigs (like the Cubby Mimi-Mite or similar) can be deadly at times - especially glow-in-the-dark in stained water.  I will use kip-tail if a slow fall is triggering bites.  I have found that knot position on the jig eye is important.  For best results (more bites), the jig MUST be presented in the horizontal.  After catching & unhooking a fish, you will note that the knot has slid towards the front of the jig eye so that the jig hangs vertically.  Take the time to move the knot to the back of the eye.

If you are in a hurry to get a fish dinner, a double jig rig can be a real harvesting tool.  To avoid tangle use a heavier jig on the bottom.  When you hook a fish, don't pull it up immediately.  Give it another 10 seconds or so.  When another fish grabs the other jig, it will feel heavier.

Those look great !

1/64 shad dart head

The Iowa tube rig using a 1/32oz or 1/64oz jig head with a white or chartreuse 1 inch tube rigged accordingly.

Ryan, is that a tube-backwards rig?

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