Originally Posted by smith950
I am just starting to tie dry flies. I have already done some research on Whiting, Metz and Keough necks and saddles. During my research I ran across a recommendation on another website for Collins Hackle Farm. Has anyone used or heard of them? They sell the necks and saddles at no extra charge. Since they have no website its all word of mouth.
hey there, I have a barred ginger cape from collins. the cape is awesome. real nice to tie with. TONS of good feathers on it. small quill, stiff barbs. does not twist.
They are not super long feathers but are a great value and tie rugged flies that take a beating. Lots of feathers that are on the small side down into the low 20s.
The saddle is not a great saddle but whatever, the necks even if they did not come with the free saddle are a great value.
here's where I rate them compared to the other necks I have
My favorite to tie with are
1 whiting gold or silver but these IMO are over priced and don't have a ton of feathers per sq inch but then again I tie a couple flies from each feather because they do tend to be longer than the others.
2 collins, best value that tie great flies, I like conranch too but they are tend to twist for me more than the collins neck I have. I have 3 conranch necks that rock but I like the collins slightly better
3 herbert miner from whiting very nice, the barbs are sorta soft but still a good feather. pretty long, good count of smaller sizes great value considering they are a whiting product.
4 Metz, these are useable but tend to twist, over priced and I have broken a lot of them. I just don't enjoy using these feathers....
the others, used some others like keogh and ewing, I did not like those one bit and promptly sold and or gave them away.