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    Default Turkey Feathers

    So I'm heading on a Turkey hunt next week (down south) and I was curious if anyone on here has suggestions for which feathers I should save for tying flies.

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    I'll take some primary Wing and Tail feathers, you might also consider keeping the breast feathers.
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Keep both the wings. I use both primary and secondary feathers from turkey wings, and having both wings is great for matching feathers.

    Primary tail feathers are handy if you don't keep the tail for a fan.

    I use breast feathers for some sweet steelhead/salmon soft hackles.

    Turkey marabou is a beautiful steel gray.
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    Default Sooo.

    What you're saying is keep the whole dang thing.

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    Yup, skin the whole bird and keep all of it. The flats are traditional posts and wings for dry flies... Marabou has not come from a commercial stork in generations... Tails, wing primaries, and secondaries have scads of uses that are obvious... Teeny nymph style flies are better and faster with turkey... Biots galore... "burn" some spey hackle from the long flats...

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