Teal vs mallard feathers

fishing hobo

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How do you tell between the two? I have some unlabelled feathers I inherited. I have plucked off mallard flanks and know it is from a mallard as I recognised the pelt.
 

sightbob

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If you look at the barring Teal tidy lines,Mallard messy lines.
Their is other differences with certain feathers but as a rule I go with that.
 

fishing hobo

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Thank you both. I think I got the idea. There appears to be less well marked ones which look like teal from your descriptions of more regular patterns
 

wjg

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I tie a Pink Mystery wet fly, with a folded wing. I can't find/remember the proper dressing and use either mallard flank or teal. Whichever comes to hand first seems to satisfy the trout.
 
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