Yes starling and peacock herl are materials that have been used for many years, but I am afraid I have to agree with Mtnman. It clearly states in this article from Huge's site (with photo) that the primary ingredients are starling and hare's mask. I don't think the body of the SMBBSH is peacock herl, and it obviously has a wire rib. The Starling and Indigo doesn't appear to have any peacock herl in it either. The thorax appears to be a spiky dubbing with guard hairs, perhaps hare's ear as well. Now the Starling and Herl and the Little Chap appear to be very similar material wise.
Last edited by flyman; 08-14-2007 at 05:13 PM.
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