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Old 02-20-2011, 08:36 AM
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On flies like an Adams or a BWO, what feathers are used for the wings? I'm not sure if I should be using the tips of my dry fly hackles or there is a lower cost alternative that is better suited.
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On flies like an Adams or a BWO, what feathers are used for the wings? I'm not sure if I should be using the tips of my dry fly hackles or there is a lower cost alternative that is better suited.
I dont know what you mean by BWO but for Adams wings are from hen cape
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Sorry for my bad expression ,I know what BWO is but I am not familiar with that pattern
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The wings for both are made by using the tips of hackles. Generally the feathers located about midway on a dry fly cape will be the right size for use as wings. These feathers are usually too big for dries sized 14 - 20 and too small for use as streamer wings.

Fortunately there are few patterns that call for hackle tips as wings and you will find they can be a challenge to get them mounted so that they are strait. I don't recommend passing up these patterns because learning to make and mount hackle tips as wings is a skill that will come handy as you learn to tie various styles of flies in the years ahead.

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.... Generally the feathers located about midway on a dry fly cape will be the right size for use as wings. These feathers are usually too big for dries sized 14 - 20 and too small for use as streamer wings...
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I am currently tying some hackle winged patterns and prefer to use hen hackle for the wings as it is a little softer and comes in a better range of color and sizes.I would rather use hen as a good neck can cost a small fortune these days , not to mention the stiff hackle can sometimes create a tippet twisting monster.
Here is an example of a hackle wing sulfur pattern I'm doing at the moment size 16 the wings are natural brahma hen from Whiting these give you a yellowish dun look, and they move through the air nicely and don't twist the tippet.

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That looks really nice. What should I be looking for in a hen hackle?
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That looks really nice. What should I be looking for in a hen hackle?
Hello whalensdad,

Every hen cape I have is Whiting , what you want to look for is a nice soft hen cape which usually will have all the sizes you need.Hens tend to have a nice even round hackle with the exception of the grizzly hackle which all tends to be stiff and more pointy . But if you are able to search through the necks you can find some softer grizzly.Here are a few pictures of the some necks that I tye from so you can get an idea. Hope this helps you out..

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Thanks a bunch! Now I know what to look for.
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