View Full Version : cape or saddle

04-27-2013, 05:10 PM
I am going to invest in some feathers , mostly for dry fly tying. do I purchase capes or saddles. I don't know the difference between them and my local shops are all saltwater specialist. also should I use light ginger for yellow sallys or would a standard like grizzly do?

04-27-2013, 06:35 PM
The stems on necks are more rigid, more pliable on saddles . If I were starting out buying feathers I would buy 1/4 saddles a feather from a saddle is much longer you could many dry flys from 1 saddle feather .

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04-27-2013, 09:04 PM
I agree with billspey. As far as color buy some rit dye and color the grizzly. On my sallies I dye the hackle yellow. That way you wont get caught with a bunch of yellow and grizzly is used in alot of patterns.

04-28-2013, 10:32 AM
Saddles are fine if you are tying one size of fly. Myself I prefer capes, they give you a much better option in sizing.

Say a 1/4 saddle costs $30.00 it will tye 14's. If you want to tye 12's well then it's another 30.00. So if you buy a Whitting Pro grade for $45.00 you get a better range of sizes.

For YS I use ginger or cream or grizzle, to color the hackle you can use a Pantone water proof maker. I color the hackle then set them aside so the hackle can dry. The body color is important

04-28-2013, 01:16 PM
I use both depending on the fly, regular or parachute... You can spin off a zillion flies off some of these new "genetic super saddles" that are very uniform in barb length over 12 or more inches!

What's important is that the "barb" length be proportionate to the fly you are tying... using a hackle that is appropriate for a size 14 hook on an size 18 hook is over dressing and some of the super saddles may not have feathers suitable for various size flies.... On a cape you will find shorter hackle feathers but a beeter selection in terms of size.

Saltwater capes & saddles are not generally usable for dry flies.

If you are looking to save money you can invest in "Indian necks"; they are cheap and will let you experiment with dry flies... I used them alot when I was a kid as I could afford them and they are passable for fooling trout.

Good luck! I'm Jealous that you likely get to fish for REDS and "Trout" etc. Haven't thrown into salt Water for four years now...

04-28-2013, 03:51 PM
salt trips have become few and far between lately, I am inquiring about dry fly feathers. I have a grizzly cape that is of a lower quality ,it was given to me in a learn to tye kit. I'm going to cut it into sections and dye a peice to see how it comes out, let you know