Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Fuzzy Balls


flyfishingunlimited said...

Otus scops? Looks very similar, that's for sure! My favorite owl! Actually, all owls are my favorites :-)

There is an ancient school of fly tying in the Balkans-particularly in Bosnia-where trout flies have names of local birds... Each fly uses the feather of particular bird (jaybird, mallard, different owls, etc...) There is one dedicated to Otus scops, too.


Ha! Vlad,

I love owls too! We just got a chance to visit the Raptor center, they are so many amazing owls and hawks... these two little guys are called Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio), they are just as big and as similar to the Eurasia species that you mentioned Otus... Nice to know the fly from owl feathers... I did have a chance to see the Golden Eagle... I know there are some traditional wetfly Eagle patterns too : )

flyfishingunlimited said...

Hi Mark,

Thanks for clarifying-they look very similar indeed. I sometimes wish there would be legally available feathers of more bird species for fly tying.

Feathers are incredible-really nothing can replace them.

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I agree with you, Vlad!

The feather structure by itself are as amazing as the bird! : )