I’ve started playing with ostrich herl again, because I think there’s not a lot material around that can beat the action of this stuff.
And one of my favourite patterns is still Ulf Hagström’s Toro Killer. You can find a tutorial on the genuine fly here.
And although I tie mine differently (I use more bucktail along the way to increase the volume), it’s basically the same fly. Here are some I’ve tied today:
different shades of olive
white and pink
my pike imitation
and a tandem version
I already visited an ostrich farm for new feathers.
I’ll start dyeing them tomorrow…