Whiting farms keough hackle and collins hackle farm offer many of the best feathers for tying high quality flies why hen hackle several attributes make hen hackle ideal for certain applications hen feathers have fine flexible quills that take up very little space and create little bulk when wrapped on the hook. Hen hackles have long been the source of confusion to many fly tyers whether they are looking for wings for their dry flies or hackles for their wet flies there seems to plenty of head scratching when it comes time to purchase the appropriate feathers. Chickens much like these are a lynchpin in the sport of fly fishing these colorful hackle feathers the long spindly ones from the cape and saddle are how fly fishers are able to sell their deception they wind the feathers snug around the shaft of a hook to splay the tiny barbs in a fuzzy circle. Hen saddles on the other hand are a larger feather with rounded tips and a bit softer generally you will only find a few sizes on a saddle the fiber lengh is longer and a bit heavier than neck feather and when used as a collar it gives the fly a nice full look many old soft hackle patterns call for material no longer available
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