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    Default Favorite hackle brand

    I tend to just find the best deal on a good cape and buy it, but I want to see what brands have hooked other tiers. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFork View Post
    I tend to just find the best deal on a good cape and buy it, but I want to see what brands have hooked other tiers. Thanks
    My local fly shop stocks Wapsi, and Feather Craft materials. We've been happy with both suppliers. 6 or 7 of us get together on Saturday mornings at the fly shop to tie flies, eat donuts, and tell lies, while we're tying. Great camaraderie for fly flingers.

    Bill

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    This is one area not to skimp on... I like Whiting Hackle....
    “Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will, & creative imagination.
    These give us the ultimate human freedom... The
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    to choose, to respond, to change.”



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    Yep, Whiting.
    Mark 1:17

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    whiting, still have some hoffman from 25 yrs. ago.

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    I have to agree that I like whiting a lot. I did pick up some Keough master grade hackle from the Sevierville Orvis store for half price. It is really nice as well. Good stiff barbs on the cape.
    Last edited by RFork; 10-24-2010 at 11:38 AM.

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    Yes to Whiting, forgot to mention that one also.

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    The hackle I use the most is Collin's hackle. Stiff barbs, great density, thin stems and reasonable prices.

    It have talked with Collins and have been to his farm to see his operation. He test everyone of his chickens at least fifteen times before he harvests them.If during the growing season the feather starts to twist, well it's to the cook pot.

    He also does his own dying and the dyed colors are hard to tell from natural.

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    narcodog-

    Thanks for posting, and again welcome to the Forum.

    I'm not familiar with Collins, haven't seen it in catalogs or fly shops. Where can you get them?

    Thanks

    Bill

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    Collins Hackle farm is in Pine City,NY and is very popular in the NE. He has a web site but you can order by phone.

    Great Feathers.com in MD carries his products as does Catskillflies.com.

    He is a one man operation and has been in the business for over thirty years. Some of his original stock came from Harry Darby, Doc Fried and others.
    Give him a call tell him what you are tying and he will fix you up. Unlike other growers he has been a commercial tyer so he knows the business.

    http://www.collinshacklefarm.com
    http://www.greatfeathers.com
    http://www.catskillflies.com

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