We were lucky to find this source for blue-eared skins a number of years ago. They are raised here in the northwest and the quality and feather count is exceptional.
Each skin can tie many hundreds of flies and are a great value to the serious tyer. The grower has a friend of his skin the birds and the skinning job is amazingly clean and even. The result is a very symmetrical skin, which makes it possible for us to offer the birds in half skins - still a great value. We slice the skins down the center from the head through the tail, making two equal halves.
We were also able to acquire some coveted 3-4 year old birds. The older birds have longer, fuller feathers on the rump and tail. The feathers themselves have longer fibers than that of the 1 year old bird. The overall size of the skin between older and younger birds are about the same, but the quality and quantity of feathers on the older birds are much better.
If you are tired of buying the small packs of feathers, this is a good chance to save some real money in the long run, and get a very wide range and variety of feathers for all of your steelhead, salmon and trout fly needs.
Half Skin - $97.50
Complete Skin - $175.00
3-4 Year Old Skin - $215.00