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Old 01-10-2012, 02:33 PM
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Default Hackle for Royal Coachman ?

Do you use soft or dry fly hackle for the royal coachman, it looks to me that it is a stiffer hackle than a soft would be but I can not find anything that definitively states this.
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Default Re: Hackle for Royal Coachman ?

What are you tying? That pattern can be dressed as a wet fly, or as a dry fly.

I've used & would use genetic dry fly hackle for the dry version, and hen hackle for the wet.

Coachman brown is the color used on both, but most any darker red/brown hackle could be used.
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Default Re: Hackle for Royal Coachman ?

Sorry, of course. I'm tying a wet with the duck quil wings like this one;
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Default Re: Hackle for Royal Coachman ?

Then I think you're looking for a hen neck or "wet" saddle hackle.
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Default Re: Hackle for Royal Coachman ?

You can use whatever brown hackles you have on hand, the stuff in the photo looks like Indian Rooster cape hackle. When I make that fly or similar I collar the hackle then pull & tie it down into a beard style. My hackles are generally longer than in the picture unless I'm tying the fly to show the traditional dressing.

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Default Re: Hackle for Royal Coachman ?

Agree with Ard...so no use spending a lot of money...a cheap indian rooster cape will do
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Default Re: Hackle for Royal Coachman ?

Thanks all for clearing that up for me. Ard when you say you pull it down into the beard style, do you do that as to eliminate the hackle from sticking up through the wings.
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