Here are a couple of those lovely feathers I have in possession thanks to the kindness of others. The first group of feathers is the Golden Plover. As you can see they are incredibly marked. Light and dark tips and spaced perfectly. This is the main ingredient in the fly below.
Two flies that use the Prairie Chicken feather. One has a green silk body with hares ear dubbed thorax and Prairie Chicken hackle. The other has an orange silk with hares ear thorax with Prairie Chicken hackle.
The weather here has changed...wet rainy and cool for the next three days. I expect to dodge the rain and try to find a willing brookie or two. In the mean time I have three large Vidalia onions and some Lea and Perrins that are the base of a kick ass onion soup. It will be a good day for it.