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after feather  English
  A small feather growing in pairs under each body feather, it is also called aftershaft or undershaft. Because the feather is small and hidden, it is easily overlooked. On the other hand, because its barb (fiber) is very soft, it is an excellent material for a nymph pattern.
  A good after feather can be found in wild birds, such as ring-necked pheasant and partridge. On the contrary after feathers are not developed in artificially bred fowl. After feathers in a wild bird exist in order to maintain body temperature against natural relentless cold.
  After feathers have been utilized as a fly tying material for the gill of a nymph fly, and it is worth noting that Jack Gartside's Mouse is made mostly of this feather. The author always carries a classified fly called Doctor's Secret - a nymph fly which is made solely from the after feather of partridge.
  Note: Sometimes this feather has been erroneously called a philoplume - a thread-like feather that is useless in fly tying.
ReferenceFly tyer's benchside reference, 1998. The fly fisher's illustrated dictionary, 2000.
body feather, ring necked pheasant, partridge, Mouse, Doctor's Secret, philoplume
 
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