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Old 11-29-2008, 09:12 PM
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What type of hackle feathers would you buy to tie 22 size and up flies?

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Old 11-29-2008, 10:06 PM
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What type of hackle feathers would you buy to tie 22 size and up flies?

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You can find the 100's packages in 22. you just have to look. Or spend the extra and get a nice cape:

Whiting's Saddle Hackle 100 Pack at BEARSDEN.COM
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If you're serious about your small flies get yourself grade #1 capes from any of the leading suppliers. A good neck will last for a long time and the larger feathers make great wings for your streamers also.

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Default Re: Hackle feathers for small flies

I am currently working on tying 25 size 32 royal wulff for a swap and I had to find a cape (as stated before by the others) if you need a supplier I can get you the contact info.

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I found what I thought was a really good deal on a brown neck a couple
years ago. There were certainly plenty of smaller hackles, but the stems
were too thick on anything smaller than a #14. Another shop owner showed
me a $60 Whiting neck, and the stems' diameter were much smaller. I do use
the $20 brown neck, but I found out why there's a $40 difference.
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Default Re: Hackle feathers for small flies

For feathers that small you pretty much have to go with the top grade hackle and just becuz a cape grades #1 doesn't mean it will have a lot of #22 feathers (#18 yes,,,,,#22 well you take your chances!!!) For that reason I would be very leary to buy a cape sight unseen if I expected get a lot of #22s from it.

The Whiting 100 packs previously mentioned might ultimately be a better purchase you intend to tie many #22 flies.

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Hi to all,

As Joni mentioned, the Whiting Farms 100 Pack's are a good way to go. They are available in size 22 and in some colors you can get them in size 24 and 26. Here is what Whiting has to say about them.

"The packs come in a wide variety of sizes from #8 to #22 with #24’s and #26’s available in limited colors. The most popular colors are: Grizzly, Brown, Medium Dun, Black, White, Ginger, Light Dun, Medium Ginger, Coachman, and Light Ginger."

The dry fly saddles from Whiting are unbelievable. They are the longest dry fly saddles that you can get.

Whoops, sorry Joni, I didn't notice your link.

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I am lucky in that I buy my feathers from a gentleman that has enough pull to go to Whiting and HAND PICK his supply.
His capes are top notch. The great thing is, he will section out a cape and sell you what you can afford.
I do get feathers for #30 and #32's.
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Allen McGee has some excellent suggestions for tying soft hackles ( distribution wrap). Otherwise, for para and regular hackling, go with the Whiting 100 packs as previously recommended by the knowledgeable moderator...

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