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Mallard flank feathers

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I tie a lot of jigs using mallard flank or gadwall feathers, killer jigs for crappie, bass and about anything else. If you think about it send me some feathers from the ducks you harvest and I will tie some jigs for you in exchange for the feathers.IMG_0908.JPG

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No, marabou has a lot more action than duck feathers. I think it's the natural minnow color that get's the fish to eat them, maybe it tastes like chicken to them. Whatever the reason is they work. Been literally catching tons of fish on them in the 25 years I've been tying them. I caught my PB crappie and bluegill using them. Drake feathers color and barring is the best feather. I tie most on #2- #6 jig hooks.

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I think that depends on how use the feathers, the fibers without  rachis do move some, more tendril like than marabou; with  the rachis  tied in the feather can be stiff enough to wobble the a fly as water passes over it giving it a spoon like movement. I've never used them on a jig and so can't say what happens with them. Probably the mottled effect of the barring is an important  part of the attraction they have just as it is with grizzly rooster hackle. I really like the way the green shows through the mallard on those jigs. Woodduck has similar fish catching ability.

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I tie in the flash under the duck feathers to add bulk and attraction and try to make the body shape like a teardrop before adding the red or yellow hackle to the throat. The flash underneath becomes more prominent as you catch fish and lose some duck feather strands. I've caught over 100+ fish on one jig if I don't lose it first. These are crappie killers.

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