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Old 02-18-2013, 01:27 AM
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Default Got $65 to blow on hackle...need advise

Hi there! Got about $65 or so and want to start tying dries. Kinda wanna stay in 12-18 range...adams, caddis, stimulators, bwo's, grifiths gnats...I'm really eying the Whiting 100's, would get 3 packs of grizzy, brown, dun in #14...since I read somewhere that they can tie one hook size above and below? Also looking at the Whiting intro pack of 4 1/2 capes...just wanna get a feel of benefits and/or drawbacks of both from those who have experiences with either. Thanks and look forward to your replies
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Get the whiting intro pack- 4- half capes, or if you like 4 -half saddles, or 2- half capes and 2- half saddles. You will get a LOT more for your money, enough to tie hundreds and hundreds more flies than with the whiting 100 packs which may be convenient but for what they are are over priced (when you consider the cost vs half capes or saddles)
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Default Re: Got $65 to blow on hackle...need advise

ditto on the whiting intro pack. a lot of bang for the buck
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Good advise from the others. +1 on an intro pack. While I do use and like the 100's, I use them primarily when I'm tying patterns in a specific size in large quantity. Griffith's Gnats are a good example. Based on the list of what you mentioned that you want to tie, you would "need" at at least 3 different colored feathers if you want to stick with the traditional materials list.
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Wow! Thanks all....great advise. I will most definitely pick up the intro pack. I would love to purchase the intro saddles but am unable to find an online vendor that carries them...most places seem to have sold out or only carry the capes. Thanks for the advise everyone
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Didn't know those intro packs existed. I'm going to have to pick one up too.
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Default Re: Got $65 to blow on hackle...need advise

You might want to give these guys a call to check availability. I've had hit or miss success with their inventory but have always had good customer service.

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Default Re: Got $65 to blow on hackle...need advise

Just check the colors in the pack you buy. For the flies you listed you would want grizzly, brown, and a dun. If you can't find a pack containing those colors (some don't have dun) check out the feather emporium.

A potential downside of those packs is that they aren't the highest grade capes, I think they are bronze? Shouldn't be an issue if you don't tie smaller than 18.
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Default Re: Got $65 to blow on hackle...need advise

From Stockard / Whiting
The feather sizes are mostly 10 to 16 and each feather will tie at least several flies. The hackle is not graded by Whiting but the quality is more than equal to their bronze grade.
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Awesome! Thanks...10-16 will be perfect for me for a while. Thanks again everyone, will have to give stockard a buzz to check on their availability.
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