My name is Travis and I am a Whiting Saddle addict.....
Now that I have that out of the way, I have a question for you other tiers out there. I love using Whiting saddle hackle and even like the 100's for some of my other flies. However, I have recently read that the Herbert Miner grade of Saddle from Whiting is a much more beautiful and brightly colored hackle. I don't recall ever seeing any at LRO. Looking at prices online, a full saddle sells for around $50 so they are competitive with Whiting. My concern is, how stiff are the barbs and what kind of size range can one get out of a typical saddle.
I have quite a few older Metz capes and all the hackle in the 14 to 20 range are all gone, so that is the size I am most getting out of it.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.