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    Greetings all! I have been trying to buy Bronze Whiting hackle for about a month. I'm having a hard time finding it. I contacted Whiting directly and was connected with Phil Trimm. He mentioned that there was a shortage of bronze grade stock. Does anybody here know why? Also, I'm looking for furnace hackle in good grade dry fly quality. There doesn't seem to be any of that around. Has that been replaced? Has it fallen by the wayside? I know things change over time and it has been awhile since I've actively sought feathers.

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    I have a feeling that the popularity of fly fishing and tying is the culprit behind the shortage of hackle in several colors. You might try the Fly, Fish, Food flash hacke site. They seem to get shipments in regularly but you never know what they will have in color, size or grade.


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    You didn't ask Phil these questions?

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    I did but didn't get a response yet. Thought there would be some knowledge out there about.

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    If there is no Bronze Grade, try the Pro Grade.

    Call Jim at:

    Jims Fly Co


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    "Fight like you're the 3rd monkey trying to get on Noah's Ark"
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    Call Kiene's fly shop in California.


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    For furnace I've been using Indian Game Cock hackles ever since the early 70's. If you can pick you skins by hand it's possible to find necks that'll tie down to 16 with decent quality fibers. You can also substitute by using something like the red/brown Huffman below and work careful with a few feathers and a black Sharpie to darken the quill and a little bit of fiber.

    The fly below has wings made with Furnace from an Indian Game Cock, you can see that the feathers can have good sheen and good long fibers. Like I said though you really have to find some that you can examine in person to be sure you get decent feathers.

    Last time I saw them labeled Furnace was at Sportsman's Wearhouse a year or more ago and they were decent and $7.99 each. I've been tying off of a 40 neck mixed lot that I bought in 1979 for 29.99 so I don't shop for them at all. When you find a deal buy plenty that's how I've always done it.

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    Whiting Farms Hackle — TaleTellers Fly Shop


    Hand-selected Special Whiting Hackle

    both places take the time to give you the best pic and description on the hackle so you know exactly what you're getting.

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    I also recommend the guys at fly fish food.

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