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wt bash 06-29-2012 09:21 AM

Hen or Rooster?
Hen or Rooster Cape for streamers on a #6 7XL, what do you guys prefer?

Ard 06-29-2012 09:52 AM

Re: Hen or Rooster?
Hey Bill,

I have a bunch of Indian Gamecock capes that have been making wings for years. The feathers that make up the bottoms of them are perfect and they come in every conceivable color from Golden Edged Badger = Light Spruce etc. to Furnace for the Dark Spruce. You just select a pair from the right side and a pair from the left and you get well matched wings. I don't believe I've ever used hen necks for streamers. For colors like blue dunn you have to use the big feathers from the bottoms of your regular dry fly capes because I never saw an Indian cape in blue dunn. They may occur but someone scoops them up long before I ever got to them. In a pinch just get strung hackle in white for blue dunn and dye some to lt. gray.


bigjim5589 06-29-2012 10:12 AM

Re: Hen or Rooster?
Either will work, if you select suitable feathers, and match them to fit the size & style of streamer.

I've primarily used rooster, and as Ard has said, have used Indian necks for some streamers. I use both strung saddles & strung neck hackle most often since I don't tie a lot of small sizes.

Really depends on the particular feathers. I've tied Matuka style streamers with hen since the more rounded feather tips are desirable for that style. But, some hen necks I've had the stems were too flimsy to tie suitable streamer wings, as they'll foul too easily.

Nothing wrong with using either if you have them.

stimmy7 06-29-2012 10:35 AM

Re: Hen or Rooster?

Originally Posted by wt bash (Post 468115)
Hen or Rooster Cape for streamers on a #6 7XL, what do you guys prefer?

For streamers that large and long, I've used what are referred to in catalogs and "Salt Water Capes" and I believe most of these are from roosters (based on the size). They are a little more webby and typically have marginally rounded tips.

wt bash 06-29-2012 11:43 AM

Re: Hen or Rooster?
I guess there really isn't a right or wrong answer to my question as I'll find wings I like on both.

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