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    I bought a full turkey tail on my trip out west which will be perfect since I use quite a bit of turkey. There is a downside however and that is the tail is, for lack of a better word, still quite greasy. Does anyone have any advice on what to do? I know you can rub something into it to soak up the grease and help cure it but have never done anything like this and don't know what to use... Thanks for any help!
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    Are you talking about just the stem, or the feather fibers themselves? You can wash the whole thing in soapy water, may take care of your problem.

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    The base of the feathers where there is still a bit of "skin", at least I suppose that's what it is... I've thought about just pulling all the feathers off and washing them and storing them in a new bag...
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    Trim all the excess skin and meat off of the tail. Wash it in some type degreaser. Place it between paper towels or a newpaper to dry and absorb any left over grease. If you pluck the feathers you may still want to wash them. Store them in a paper bag until they dry out. not plastic!
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    Thanks flyman! That's just what I'm looking for. I really had no idea how to start...I would have used plastic as well...
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    Paper will breath, just tape the top shut to keep out pest. Plastic will be fine once they have dryed out.
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    In addition to what has been posted, you can coat the base with kosher salt or borax to dry out that part. Store it in paper until completely dry.

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    Plateau...I agree with Paula. Borax works great. If there is a lot of remaining skin, remove as much as possible. Lay the fan out and cover this area completely with borax. It may take a while. If this doesn't work, PM me and I will send you a fan, My son and I have plenty.

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    Paula and Lindsey, thanks for the recommendations. I believe borax is what I remember having read about using. I just couldn't remember what it was called. Where do you buy borax?
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    Laundry Isle next to the detergent's usually! Whatcha need all that turkey for anywho

    Some one help a brother out with a pattern? Can't find it anywhere did several intense minutes of googling! PAT'S NYMPH?? I found several references to a Pat's rubber legged nymph usually tied within the 6 to 10 size range.....There's reference on another site to it's use on the HI.....I'm interested in the pattern and what it looks like>>>>Something like a copper john?? Any help is appreciated! I'm thinking it's an old fly that has a new spin on it and has since dawned a new name! HELP!

    PA u hittin up any local water any time soon? I'm thinking Thursday or Friday? I have Saturday off but will be sleeping in Saturday....Who knows maybe not!

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