I thought that heron feathers were illegal in most of the world.Astute observation on your part Pete. Counter wrapping a fine oval tinsel over the body hackle to increase security over the thin stem of the hackle feather was common in Spey style flies like this one.
The tail and throat are made from the red body feathers of the golden pheasant while the body hackle is a natural grey heron feather.
Great question Andrew. I live on the East coast of Canada and I would say there is a mild tradition of using Spey and Dee style flies. However, on the west coast of Canada, the use and popularity of such flies is far greater than on the East coast.Canada has a tradition for using Spey flies I believe?