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Old 03-07-2009, 10:35 PM
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Default Whiting 100's....YEEHAA!!!!

I've always used cheapy $20-$25 necks for drys, but bought a few packs
of Whiting 100's today. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! The first thing noticed
is the length of the hackle, which makes using pliers unnecessary for the
first few flies. The other BIG difference is the thin stem. That makes wrapping
a breeze, especially with parachutes. Well worth the money ($15 a pack at
the local shop: cheaper than the big stores!). I'll probably drive back tomorrow and get a few more packs.
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I've always used cheapy $20-$25 necks for drys, but bought a few packs
of Whiting 100's today. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! The first thing noticed
is the length of the hackle, which makes using pliers unnecessary for the
first few flies. The other BIG difference is the thin stem. That makes wrapping
a breeze, especially with parachutes. Well worth the money ($15 a pack at
the local shop: cheaper than the big stores!). I'll probably drive back tomorrow and get a few more packs.
Welcome to the Whiting fan club..... For the money you can't beat them. You get the size hackle that you need without a lot of wasted feathers. I have a few necks that are picked clean in the sizes that i usually tie & when you pay $ 50-75 for a neck that's a lot of waste..like you I like the thin flat stem & the fact you can get 3-4 flies per feather.
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:07 PM
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Default Re: Whiting 100's....YEEHAA!!!!

HEHEHEHE!!! I thought I was done tying for the night when I started this thread, but I had to go back for more ! I love Whiting 100's!!!
It is a shame to have wasted so much time with cheap hackle, however.....
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Default Re: Whiting 100's....YEEHAA!!!!

I actually think the Whiting quarter saddles are a better buy. Its the same hackle as the 100 packs, though about 5x the hackle for 2x the price.
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Default Re: Whiting 100's....YEEHAA!!!!

Funny you should mention the 1/4 saddles, Cliff: I went back yesterday, and
bought those too. Great Stuff!!!

The shop is near Ridley Creek in Delaware County, PA, so we fished that
for the first time yesterday. Lovely stream, and we were in the FF'ing only
section. I even saw a woman FF'ing! Up until now, my wife has been the
only woman I've ever seen in person FF'ing on a stream!

P.S. Speaking of local shops and prices, the 1/4 saddles were only $22 !
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I used the 1/4 saddle to tie some #14 and #16 EHC the other day...WHAT A
DREAM!!! My tying days began when I was 14-15 yrs old, and I used cheap
stuff then. I stopped after a year to two, but started again in 2002. I thought my materials where better (most were), but I skimped on hackle.
Never again! The Whiting hackle winds on perfectly, and I was left staring
in amazement for the first few flies...LOL!
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