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Dry Fly Hackle – I’ve completley redesigned this page, offering a side by side comaprison of dry fly hackle from each of the major hackle growers, all on one page. From Whiting Gold capes to Indian capes, be sure and check out my page; Dry Fly Hackle.

Feathers for tying Soft Hackle Flies – Subsurface feeding accounts for 90% of a trouts diet. From hen capes to partridge, to starling and grouse, these are beautiful feathers. Enough said, lets take a look at some of the feathers you will want in your arsenal; Soft Hackle

Whiting Soft Hackle with Chickabou – Today, these are the hottest feathers on the market. This page lists every line and color offered by Whiting. From the ever popular Brahma for the "brahma bugger" to Spey, you’ll find them all here; Whiting Soft Hackle with Chicabou .


Woolly Bugger Hackle – A simple yet deadly pattern, finding just he right feather for tying your bugger patterns is more complicated than you think. Do you want soft or stiff fibers? Long stems? Rooster or hen feathers? Cape or saddle? It all depends on the waters you will be fishing.To see all the choices, please visit; Wooly Bugger Hackle .

Feathers for tying Streamers – There are more feathers listed on this page than any other. I’ve tried to cover all the basics and then some. From wings to shoulders, throats, bellies, and cheeks – you’ll find feathers for them all here; Streamer Feathers .

Darbee Duns – Harry Darbee was a pioneer in the development of genetic hackle. The focus of his breeding was dun, every shade of dun. The feather quality was like no other. Stiff barbs, flexible stems, and beautiful colors. Today, a small flock has been preserved, take a look; Darbee Duns .

Coq de Leon – Dating back to 1624, Coq de Leon, or the "rooster of Leon" is the oldest line of birds bred for their feathers. The beautiful long speckled fibers are stiff, almost having a glassy look. From tailing packs to streamer feathers, you’ll find them all here; Coq de Leon .

Hebert Miner Dry Fly Hackle – Best known for the incredible selection of natural colors, this line was aquired from Ted Hebert in 1994. Also, you’ll find these capes have a wider range of sizes. To order, please visit; Hebert Miner Dry Fly Hackle.

Metz hackle, now owned and operated by Umpqua is the hackle that set the standard back in the 70’s and 80’s. Today, thanks to Rick Dailey, it is now making a phenomenal comeback. The stems are flexable, the barbs are stiff and the count is high. All deserving of a second look.

Keough Hackles offers an exceptional grade of hackle at an affordable price. The feathers have flexible stems, a high barb density, and stiff barbs. "Masters Tyer’s Grade" is Keough’s highest grade. Second is his " Tyer’s Grade". Both are an excellent value and you can be assured that you will tie the maximum number of flies for the least amount of money. For those of you who have yet to tie with one, you should try them out. top

Hen feathers offer a wide range of colors and fiber lengths for tying wingless wet flies. This also includes coq de leon hen and brahma hen. The feathers are soft and webby, able to soak up water so that your fly sinks and stays under water.

Winged wet flies are my favorites. They are simple and elegant. They are fun to tie, they look good all lined up in a fly box, and best is that they catch fish. In this section I’ve listed some of the "must have" materials you’ll need, and a picture of a fly showing how they are used.

The "Abby" is just one of countless patterns that use the tippets from golden pheasant for tailing material. But there are many other feathers on this bird that you can use in tying wets. The red on the breast makes striking throats and tails.

Tied in as a tail on a wooly bugger, the marabou breathes life into the fly. The long soft fibers can also be used to wrap incredibaly life-like fly bodies. Another popular use for marabou is to tie it in as a wing on a streamer pattern. The fluid motion in the water in unmatched by any new fangled sythetic!

By the time summer rolls around it’s time to pull out a grasshopper or two and see if that might get the trouts attention. Beetles and ants can also prove to be some deadly patterns and here are a few feather suggestions to get you on the right track.

Trout love ants, and with a black cape you can tie tons of ants, black caddis, and beetles just to name a few. Soft hackle rooster saddles are also useful for tying terrestrial patterns. The fibers are not as stiff as dry fly and have more movement in the water.

Here is a list of the best selling feathers for tying saltwater patterns. The rooster feathers are large, wide, and webby. And just to mix it up a bit, I threw in some skunk tails. If you’ve never tied with them, you really need to check these out!

These rooster have been selected and bred to produce wide webby feathers with a strong flexable stem so that the feather keeps its shape in the water. The tip is rounded on both the cape and saddle feathers. The selection of natural and dyed colors is incredible.

Probably the most called for feather in tying saltwater flies, marabou is found on the lower end of your Thanksgiving turkey. It is plucked, "bailed", sent to China to be dyed and strung, then sent back here to be tied into beautiful but deadly saltwater flies!

Ewing’s line of feather birds produces some of the finest feathers for tying saltwater and deceiver patterns. The feathers are beautiful and the shape is perfect. For 20 years Doug has worked with these birds to produce some of the finest hackle.

These long, narrow, feathers might look dry fly saddle hackle but take a closer look. Unlike dry fly hackle, these feathers soft and webby to soak up the water. Check out the colors, most notable in this line are the paper white saddles, probably our most popular color.

A bit of a departure from feathers, these tails have beautiful long fibers, far nicer than any bucktail you’ll ever use. The interesting hairs on these tails are the ones that are a combination of black and white, and not to worry they are tanned, so most of the smell is gone!

Classic Spey dressings called for hackles from the Spey cock, whereas Dee flies were hackled with Heron feathers. A third type, Eagle flies, called for feathers from the leg of a Golden Eagle, however, today they are hackled with marabou blood quills dyed a grey-brown.

Chosen to imitat the soft black shoulder feathers of a heron, the ideal plume has fine stems and fibers with little to no fuzz near the tipps. These blood quills are also ideal for imitating the leg feathers of a Golden Eagle that were used for tying "Eagle flies".

These feathers are used to hackle heron style flies. They have been put through a slight bleech bath to burn off the barbuals or web that hold the feather together. The feathers vary a bit and the ones with the heavier stems can be split so as to tie in more easily.

Classic literature refers to wigeon, teal and pintail. However, the flank feathers from any one of the ducks I’ve listed work well and add their own distinct qualities. To further expand possilbities, check out the dyed colors, and don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t see one you’re looking for.

There are quite a few different feahers on this bird that are irreplacable in tying spey and dee patterns. The darker feather make the white spots come alive and are great for throats and collars. The electric-blue hackles make nice collars as well, and the long narrow neck hackles are used in tying Elver patterns.

The vibrant spoted pattern on these feathers make a striking collar. Generally, the larger body feathers have dots that are more distinct and when wraped, create a barred pattern. The dots on the smaller feathers are more blurred. Each lends to its own effect.

The flank feathers on these birds closely resemble lemon flank on a Wood Duck. However, the fibers are much longer and for that reason are especially useful in tying collars on large Dee patterns such as the Glentana. The pattern on the shoulders is nice too!

The largest feathers on the flank of a duck are often used as winging material. These include, Hooded Merganser, Pintail, and Green Winged teal, dyed and natural, to name just a few. Flank from exotic waterfowl also sources of interesting possibilities.

Argus offer three possibilities for winging materials for Dee patterns. Wing feathers, center tail feathers, and side tails. Each have beautiful color patterns and long fibers perfect for tying in V shaped Dee wing styles. The most commonly seen are the snowflake side tails.

The wide, webby, sturdy feathers on a saltwater rooster cape are perfect for hackle tip wings on spey flies. The tips are rounded and the stem is strong so the fly hold its shape in water. These capes are dyed just about any color you could ever want!

Historically the feather of choice, these feathers used in matched pairs and tied in a roof style. They are the outer shoulder or scapular feathers on a Mallard drake, each having only 3 pair of usable size. Be sure and check out scapular feathers from American Wigeon and Gadwall, the color patterns are interesting.

Historical Dee patterns call for feather strips cut from turkey tails tyed in so when viewed from above, they formed a V shape. Today with all the color mutations of Turkeys being bred there are lots of possibilities. Be sure and check out the dyed color sets.

Not called for that often, these tail quills from the world’s largest grouse have a unique mix of irredescent black and white The fibers are long and stiff, perfect for winging materials in Dee patterns. They are used similarily to Turkey tails

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Five distict lines of Rooster Hackle; A dry fly line, a saltwater line, a soft hackle rooster line, and a line directly descended from birds Harry Darbee developed. The saltwater line is a larger breed of birds that has been bred to tie stealhead and streamer patterns. And last but not least, Coq de Leon, all premium Fly Fishing Feathers.

These are chicken feathers. From barnyard birds to the finest Whiting Genetic Hackle, it’s all here. I’ve divided it into Rooster Hackle and Hen Feathers. For those just getting started, I’ve put together pages with lists of must have feathers.