Emu feathers used in fly tying

Emu feathers deserve a special place in fly tying world. These feathers are not so popular between tiers probably because is not easy to find them. Some shops stock them and a pack with these feathers should be in all fly tying kits because Emu feathers has an interesting structure that suits for fly tying:

  • are versatile ( can be used for nymphs and streamers )
  • easy to work with
  • long and elastic stem
  • dense barbs  with almost the same length from base to the tip of feather
  • barbs soft and fluffy at the base
  • medium soft barbs at the middle of the feather
  • barbs from top  with elastic and wax aspect

For nymphs you can create:

  • nice legs for freshwater flies like stone flies and scud flies
  • for saltwater shrimps you can create  very interesting legs or antennae
  • can be created gills for big mayflies or stoneflies nymphs

For streamers you can make:

  • tails for big flies like those used for saltwater fishing of freshwater fishing ( pike for example )
  • pulse fantastic well in water
  • resistant at fish teeth
  • perfect for making side for streamers also
  • can be palmered to create interesting bodies for streamers
  • can be palmered to create

The photos bellow gives you an idea about them:

Emu feather:


The base view of Emu feather is very fluffy:

The middle part of Emu feather is well balanced with not so dense barbs:

The tip part of Emu feather has barbs very shinny like quills as you can see:

And a photo with a gammarus tied with the tip part of Emu feather:
troutline gammarus 2

For these reason we consider an interesting material that should be tried by any tier who like to create new models of flies and love this beautiful hobby – fly tying. Soon we will add a few photos with streamers tied with these feathers.

  • Steve
    November 16, 2023

    Very interesting. I have had a package of natural color for a while, and I don’t even remember why I got it. Now I have ideas.


    • Lucian Vasies
      November 16, 2023

      I’m glad that you find the article useful 🙂

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