Re: Hackle Questions?
Dry fly hackles are from roosters, and wet hackles are from hens. There can
be a huge difference in dry hackle quality, and it's best to take a look at what
you're buying. Cheaper hackle can have fewer barbules and thicker stems.
Thicker stems can be extra tough to work with, and I only made that mistake
once. I bought a Rumpf rooster neck that looked great in the package,
but the stems on the #14 and larger hackles were twice as thick as they
should be (I paid $24, and have seen much better for that price). I use the neck for tying Wooly Buggers and other not-so-dry patterns. The thicker stems want to go the way they want to go, and trying to keep them from twisting is very difficult. This wasn't the first neck I bought, but it has caused
me to open the packages of any neck I buy now.
What pattern are you having problems with?