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Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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The eastern sports and outdoor show in Harrisburg has a few fly materials stands. It is usually in Feb.

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Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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Ryan I will split some with you. . .

Let me know.

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Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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The two hackle colors I use the most, by far, are dun and ginger.
I probably tie 90% of my flies with them
I would go with medium dun - can't really see the need to get different shades of that.
I also have grizzly, brown, and cream hackle necks, which last me a lot longer.
If you're serious about tying, I would get the necks instead of the hackle packs. I use #3's - which go for around $35 now - and they're fine

Posted on: 2009/12/15 11:20


Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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For dry fly hackle, do you guys prefer capes or saddles? I'm looking to upgrade hackle as well, to tie more dries in the coming year.

P.S. - Ryan, I hope I'm not hijacking you post .

Posted on: 2009/12/15 19:25
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Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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I like capes..Saddles are nice too, but most will only tye you down to #12, #14..Capes give you a wide asortment of feather sizes, and quill bodies too..

Posted on: 2009/12/15 19:38


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I've always used capes also - same reason as sundrunk

Posted on: 2009/12/15 20:23


Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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I joined this late and honestly didn't read it all yet but i just wanted to say what i always say , buy whole necks when you can , start with a grizzly , most of us probably did , always ask the shop owner to actually see the neck out of the bag look close at the hackles , size , length of the barbules etc. make sure you're gettin what you want , it's a big expense but will last you a long time , never mail order hackle , i know i used the word "never" but i mean never , you really do need to see what you're gettin here , other materials and hooks and stuff it's ok but not hackle. One more thing and i'll shut up , 2's or middle of the road grade hackle rather than "top of the line" will meet your needs for less money if there is a good selection of middle grade you can usually , with a little searching , find what you need and save some cash.

Posted on: 2009/12/16 7:07


Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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I've seen whiting 100's (saddle) down to a size 26.

I like saddle because the last thing I want to do is pluck feathers, especially the wrong size.

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P.S. - Ryan, I hope I'm not hijacking you post .



Not a problem... that's what it's here for. I've been searching the internet and was wondering a similar question. Looked at some responses to purchases and if I do a saddle, you def have to buy it in person. Looks like some people get bugger saddles, and some people get dry fly saddles by certain manufacturers with the same purchase. I like the length of the saddles, but seems that you have more size choices with a cape.

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i went to the NJ show last year and went to the Charlie Collins hackle stand. i think i spent around $150 on capes and came away with a big bag full. most of his hackle is in the $10 to $30 range and is high quality. im going back again this year and going to get another bag full.

Posted on: 2009/12/16 22:58


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RY,

If you can find a buddy or two to drive with from western PA, the Somerset show in NJ is the place to go. There is no better hackle for the money than Collins, IMO. Contact them, maybe they will be at a show closer to home.

Posted on: 2009/12/17 7:44


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1/2 Saddle Silver grade whiting in grizzly and ginger. That would keep you tying for a long time. It's better to pick them out right at the shop than to mail order so you can pick the ones that work best for you.

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Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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I have a few Collins necks they are pretty nice and still on the affordable side , i'd love to have a bunch of his #2's to go through , i have two of his dun necks that are real nice in color and workability. The price on these was $28.00 a few years ago , i got em at Cold Spring Anglers (gone) in the 90's.

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Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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Remember CSA well, one of the better fly shops in the hay day..."Herb" last guardian of the Letort; so he thought anyway..

Collins, Bobs hackle alike, good for catskill tye's..Hen capes great for upright wings too..

I prefer Whiting for my terrestrial tye's, thicker, more condensed hackle barbules, better for caddis, ants, bettles and such...

Whiting silver and up..

Posted on: 2009/12/17 9:18


Re: Hackles, capes, saddles etc

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There was a guy that used to sell hackle at the TU cabin fever show here. Can't remember his name, but he was from Cortland NY. And I remember him telling me that he raised his own chickens.
His necks were $20 - this was 10 to 15 years ago now, though. And the hackle was very nice.
Anybody have an idea of who this was, and if he's still around?

Posted on: 2009/12/17 9:34



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