October 1, 2009

Forest chickens

ruffed grouse
Roadside score. The ruffed grouse is possibly one of the tastiest byproducts of the northern boreal forest. They are also most excellent for tying soft hackled nymphs, preferred over partridge and woodcock for their beautiful barring, variegation, and nice webby hackle. This treasure of the Tioga will be perfect for caddis patterns.

It's always nice to replenish the stash.

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