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    Wet Fly Help

    What do you look for when buying feathers to tie soft hackles? I originally bought a hen neck package when I started tying and, while they do serve the purpose, I can't help to think they are not the best quality. Any suggestions on what feathers I should be specifically looking for or brand names that tend to be of higher quality?


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    Re: Wet Fly Help

    I just buy the hen capes from Shannon's....they do have some brittle feathers, but most are great, also I use Partridge, you can buy them loose or strung...starling for small soft-hackles......or you can trim the tips off you hen capes and spin them(almost like deer hair but not so they fold up....BRF has a video on this technique...other than that, IDK..

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    Re: Wet Fly Help

    Yup what lu said,patridge,starling,and a quail skin also works nicely. I tend to find the hen feathers are too big unless your tying really large soft hackles. Also a grouse skin is nice to have.

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    Re: Wet Fly Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Thursthouse View Post
    What do you look for when buying feathers to tie soft hackles? I originally bought a hen neck package when I started tying and, while they do serve the purpose, I can't help to think they are not the best quality. Any suggestions on what feathers I should be specifically looking for or brand names that tend to be of higher quality?
    Buy a good quality partridge skin.
    You can access so many variations, color and size, and they will give you more flies than you will probably ever use.
    These skins also come dyed in some very useful colors.
    Cost about 33.00

    Brk Trt


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    Re: Wet Fly Help

    Tie a few of these, simplicity to the max.
    Hook, thread, partridge.



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    Re: Wet Fly Help

    Thank you guys!

    Something like this (grade 1)?

    Wapsi Hungarian Partridge Skin | J. Stockard Fly Fishing


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    Re: Wet Fly Help

    When it comes to materials with magical properties I would say partridge is right up there with peacock.

    I remember dropping a partridge soft hackle pt in a glass of water for the first time and felling like Dr Frankenstien " ITS ALIVE! ITS ALIVE!"


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    Re: Wet Fly Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Thursthouse View Post
    Thank you guys!

    Something like this (grade 1)?

    Wapsi Hungarian Partridge Skin | J. Stockard Fly Fishing
    That's it.

    Brk Trt


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    Re: Wet Fly Help

    Awesome, thank you all.. excited to tye some decent looking soft hackles..

    I might even import hooks from Norway so I can tye like BRK TRT

    seriously, thank you all! I couldn't find anything consistent online..


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    Re: Wet Fly Help

    What size hook do you use for this fly and do you use different colors for different time of year.

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    Re: Wet Fly Help

    don't rule out whiting brahma hen feathers for soft hackles




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    Re: Wet Fly Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Kendall View Post
    What size hook do you use for this fly and do you use different colors for different time of year.
    The hooks in the photo are size 14 which is the norm. You can tie them from 10-16 or even 18.
    You can vary the color of the bodies for various times of the year.

    Brk Trt


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