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The Hook & Hackle Company encourages support of those "Wounded Warriors" who have suffered physical and/or emotional injury as a result of their service to our great country.

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Rose River Farm, Virginia's finest private water trout fishing experience, has just gotten even better. Now in addition to over a mile of private water managed for Trophy Trout (all strictly on the fly and catch and release) they have added luxury rental cabins. As an introductory special ....

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The Hook & Hackle Company highly endorses this fine bonefish, tarpon & permit fishing destination. Our recent visit there exceeded our expectations many times over.

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Nora's colorful artwork just blow's me away! Best known for her watercolors, Nora has spent time painting on location all over the U.S.

 

I recently purchased a couple of prints from her Rich Pool Series which have become instant favorites!

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From time to time, we will feature different folks who are making a difference to fly fishing, conservation, outdoor art, helping others & so on. We welcome your suggestions for this column.


Peter C. Thompson, artist, writer, fly fisher & conservationist is our current feature.

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Wilderness North – Ontario Canada’s Premier Fly-in Adventure Provider!

Deep in the heart of the Northern Ontario wilderness lies an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts and anglers seeking a definitive Canadian adventure. Accessible only by floatplane, Wilderness North offers a haven for those who want to reconnect with nature.

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Peacock

Your source for flyfishing and flycraft resources since 1975.

As far as I'm concerned, the Peacock feather is simply 'Magic!' It's irridescence makes it irresistable to many fish and is used in a variety of patterns.

I couldn't imagine a fly tying desk that didn't have an ample supply of peacock 'herl.' These are the long thin fibers which stick out from the stem of the tail feather and also surround the eye. You can see it around the eye in the photo on the left. On the right is 'strung' herl, which is the most common way to buy it. It has already been stripped off the stem and then bound for easy access and less mess.

Regular herl is usually around 5" long, but you can also find longer herl, 10-14" long (which we sell, of course). My best advice is to make sure you always have some around!

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It's used as body material, collars, legs, wing sacks, and so on. Below is an extended body dragon that I recently tied using peacock herl for the entire body and tail.dragonfly

There are many other useful feathers found on the peacock including the eyes (shown above), wing quills and swords, one of my personal favorites because of its extraordinary irridescence and luster.

Remember, the feathers from the peacock are absolute magic to a tyer and a fish. Give all the different peacock feathers try.

Buy Peacock Feathers & Herl @ Hook & Hackle