Dye a large ostrich plume, then print a pattern of bars over the colour, cut the stem of the plume into two-inch portions and package …

The bars are printed across the barbules on the herl, so if a herl is tied in streamer-style, lying down the flank of a long fly I get a streak of colour and a barred effect, at least while the herl is dry.

Wind a strand of herl and the barred effect is lost – I still have a brightly coloured soft hackle, but the bars have no pattern. I can see possible uses for barred ostrich plume on large saltwater flies and pike flies, I know of no patterns which require this stuff – yet …

  • Price: £4.60 per pack
  • From: the Anglers Lodge
  • Tel: 01388 772611.