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    Hey,

    I was wondering if any of you guys on here know anything about which common breed of chicken are good hackle producers? I am mainly looking to tie dry flies with them, and possibly some wet flys. Any help is appreciated. Thanks

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    You may find some feathers to tie some wets and sedge wings....just advised my friend Larry to breed some limousin chicks

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    don't think you can tie dries....

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    I didn't read the entire forum, but there are some farmers, and some tyers on this forum talking about raising the genetic super-hackle chickens. A brief scan of the first page said something about hatching eggs costing $55/doz!!!

    BackYardChickens Forum / Genetic Hackle; AKA "Fly Tying Chickens" Info for the interested.

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    You can get the fly tyer's special from McMurry's, but your neighbors are going to hate you.
    Roosters make a lot of noise.

    Murray McMurray Hatchery - Fly Tyer's Special
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    Here is a thread on the Limousin roosters that JP posted awhile back. He sent me a few feather samples, but so far I haven't had the nerve to tie them up. The natural shine on the feather is just unbelievable.
    Limousin roosters

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    Here's a famous french hatcheryhttp://www.moucheguyplas.com/notre-savoir-faire_4.html....they never kill roosters only pick feathers from time to time...the older the roosters get...the better the hackles are.
    here's a pic of one of my friend JM's roosters.
    Early Season Dry fly Swap)

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    I used to have a poultry business in the 1980's and kept a few roosters. (Right, a few ) The Indian Game Cocks (also known as Banty Roosters) were good for streamer hackles and also large dry flies. The domestic Plymouth Barred Rock roosters made very good straemer hackles and I still have a few capes from those days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j43jacko View Post
    Hey,

    I was wondering if any of you guys on here know anything about which common breed of chicken are good hackle producers? I am mainly looking to tie dry flies with them, and possibly some wet flys. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
    You can tie Flies,especially dries from any good quality Rooster(Cock Bird)hackles.
    Years ago friends also kept them for Flytying,an old friend's Rooster looked like a Vulture as he would catch it & pluck its neck.
    The older the Rooster the better the Feathers,however as Riptide has said they are very noisey,territorial & will sometimes attack you.
    Over many years I have found Bantems(Indian Game),Rhode Isle & Red,Plymouth Barred Rock,English Game,breeds to be good plus any good old Roosters.
    Check the $2 shops for the Feather Dusters which are made in China,I have a few with all different natural colours,the feathers are quite good & tie great flies.
    I'll also have to check out the Limousin Breed.
    Brian.

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    All my roosters bear hideous gaps in their necks where I snipped off hackles for myself and to share with my friends. Going to second Murray McMurray. I have never bought their fly-tyer assortment. But I have gotten many chickens over the years for other purposes and they do sell good quality chickens.

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    The following link discusses the history of Whiting Farms. It also discusses the various chicken breeds use. It is a good read.

    Whiting

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