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Thread: Hackle

  1. #1
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    Default Hackle

    What is used most for wet fly or nymph? For instance hackle on a prince. I have used soft hackle feathers and just wondering what other options might be? Thanks

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    Just about any saddle, hen or similar soft hackle will work just fine. Just don't use hackle that is too stiff.
    Joe

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    Sounds good. Thanks

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    I have started using more generic hen capes. CDC, and Coq de Leon hen for soft hackles and nymphs. I think the Coq de Leon hen capes are a good substitute for partridge and are half the cost of partridge. Good quality partridge capes have become pricey and harder to find in recent years. When I do use partridge I have been buying English birds that have a slightly different coloration. They are just a little larger and have a higher feather count and wider size range of feather sizes.
    Last edited by flyman; 09-11-2019 at 01:42 AM. Reason: genetics have been cruel to me
    "Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it."
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    I will have t try the Coq de leon. Thanks

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    I usually use hen neck for Prince nymphs.
    Specks: the other pink meat.

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    I have just started back tying after about a 15 year hiatus. I’ve been trying to tie a few secret weapons. Found an old India hen nick and it seems to work pretty well. Thanks again for all the suggestions.

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