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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

    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.

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    Re: Wet Fly Help

    Thanks, Brk Trt

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    Re: Wet Fly Help

    If you have a hunter friend or neighbor, don't pass up an opportunity regardless of what kind of bird.

    A few years ago I got a pheasant (minus the edible parts), and found plenty of feathers suitable for use as soft hackles.

    Caution: When you get unprocessed feathers from "nature", there may be "bugs". Keep them in a sealed container separate from more expensive materials.


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    Re: Wet Fly Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    If you have a hunter friend or neighbor, don't pass up an opportunity regardless of what kind of bird.

    A few years ago I got a pheasant (minus the edible parts), and found plenty of feathers suitable for use as soft hackles.

    Caution: When you get unprocessed feathers from "nature", there may be "bugs". Keep them in a sealed container separate from more expensive materials.
    I like to kill things.. I was tempted to keep a bunch of feathers off some ducks I killed late last year but my problem was a) being new, wasn't sure which feathers would be good for what b) preserving the skin c) bugs like you suggested.

    Taking a trout on a fly using all materials (minus hook and thread) you harvested would be pretty cool..


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    Re: Wet Fly Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Thursthouse View Post
    I like to kill things.. I was tempted to keep a bunch of feathers off some ducks I killed late last year but my problem was a) being new, wasn't sure which feathers would be good for what b) preserving the skin c) bugs like you suggested.

    Taking a trout on a fly using all materials (minus hook and thread) you harvested would be pretty cool..
    Thouse, Thouse, thouse, you tossed the duck feathers? Tisk, tisk. What kind of ducks did you shoot? Some major duck feathers will always be flank and wing quills. By the way, the best feathers are from the late season.


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