Re: Hen or Rooster?
I have a bunch of Indian Gamecock capes that have been making wings for years. The feathers that make up the bottoms of them are perfect and they come in every conceivable color from Golden Edged Badger = Light Spruce etc. to Furnace for the Dark Spruce. You just select a pair from the right side and a pair from the left and you get well matched wings. I don't believe I've ever used hen necks for streamers. For colors like blue dunn you have to use the big feathers from the bottoms of your regular dry fly capes because I never saw an Indian cape in blue dunn. They may occur but someone scoops them up long before I ever got to them. In a pinch just get strung hackle in white for blue dunn and dye some to lt. gray.