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Old 10-16-2013, 05:43 AM
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Default Which hackle to buy?

Just after some advice on what hackles to buy. Looking to tie large drys mainly 8-14. Stimulators and parachutes. Do I go for a saddle or a cape? I have a hofman saddle but it only has 16's left. I have an older herbert minor cape but i am disappointed with the barb density. Do any brands of saddles have larger sizes or to tie larger drys do I need to go for a cape? Are whiting capes better than herbert-minor? The other option is whiting 100 packs. I am based in Australia with limited supply so have to purchase over the Internet. Lots of questions so any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Default Re: Which hackle to buy?

You may want to take a look to see if you can find some off brand capes. Premium capes are usually considered premium because they have smaller (hook) sized hackles.

If you can find some non-genetic necks with usable hackle quality, they will typically have most if not all larger sizes. Something along the lines of this -

Saddles - Indian Rooster Saddle at BEARSDEN.COM

OF course the quality of the hackle won't be as good as what you are used to when using genetic feathers, but these lower quality necks/saddles are mostly all that was available in the good old days. Folks manged to catch fish using them.

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Whiting 100's packs are my advice.

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Default Re: Which hackle to buy?

Hi Geoff,

My advice may seem complicated but................ There are many fine people who are regulars on this forum. It sounds to me as if you need someone who will slect capes for you (hands on) and then place them in the mail to you there. I live in Alaska and although there are capes for sale here we do not have the wide selection that I was accustomed to when living in Pennsylvania.

If not a member from the forum then a contact within a fly shop who knows hackle and will select what you want and send them to you. Complicated, yes, but I don't see a lot of options other than trusting your luck to the pre packaged necks sold by major distributers.

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Default Re: Which hackle to buy?

Don't give up on that Hebert Miner cape. It may not have the barb density for a really full looking stimulator with one feather and in tying parachutes I have used up to three hackles to get a high barb density to float heavy bodied parachutes. There is no rule that limits you to using only one feather to hackle a fly. I have a couple of the H-M capes and I agree they don't have the barb count of a good whiting cape, but they do have some really large feathers for big dries and the barbs are still fairly stiff and straight.

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Forgot to add that whiting capes and 100's are a good value especially if you tie a lot of flies. Even with that, like others have said, I have never bought a cape that I couldn't hold in my hand and get a good look at the hackle.
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Default Re: Which hackle to buy?

Thanks for the feedback guys

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Thanks for the advice guys
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