Whiting Farms Dry Fly 1/2 Cape - bronze

Dry Fly 1/2 Cape - bronze

by: Whiting Farms | Item #: NM-630110-0000

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barred dark ginger $33.95
dyed black $33.95
barred medium ginger $33.95
brown $33.95
natural dun $33.95
dyed dark dun $33.95
grizzly $33.95
dyed light dun $33.95
light ginger $33.95
dyed medium dun $33.95
medium ginger $33.95
white $33.95

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With long supple quills, incredible barb density and a full range of hackle sizes down to the 20's, Whiting Dry Fly Capes are the industry standard for quality and value. This product line derives its heritage from the legendary Hoffman grizzly super hackle stock. Bronze grade is not only the "sweet spot" in terms of value but also is, in Tom Whiting's words, "adequate for 90% of most tiers' needs." The average feather in a bronze cape ties 1 fly and hackle sizes span 5 to 6 hook sizes (i.e., sizes 10 through 18). Brown may be dyed if the natural is unavailable; other colors are natural unless specified as dyed. The new barred dark ginger color is an excellent substitute for hard-to-find cree.

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Best available and best value

Reviewer: A viewer from Southern Connecticut

There is not much to say, this is simply the finest hackle in the world, and the bronze grade is all you need. The hackle density is amazing and the stems are very supple. The "sweet spot" on the feather, where the web disappears, is close to the feather base, so the resultant hackle can produce many wraps. On a size 14 dry fly, you can easily make 8 full wraps of hackle. The dyed dun color is perfectly uniform and matches the mayfly dun color you see on BWOs or Hendricksons. No one in the world has ever applied so much science to poultry genetics, and the efforts of Dr. Whiting are well-appreciated by fly-tiers everywhere.

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A Joy to Tie With These

Reviewer: A viewer from The Great American West

Originally I agonized over the ol' capes vs. saddles question, ultimately realizing that a half cape would likely last me years of tying any size & style I wanted to tie. Always before I'd made do with feathers that were, quite frankly, poor for dry flies. Then I decided to get hold of one of these Whiting half-capes.

The quality is superb--consistency, barb stiffness, straightness & suppleness of stem, color. Feather length in the usable portion is great too; most feathers can tie numerous flies (overall a half-cape is around a foot long). There are enough feathers to tie a LOT of any size I want...I do believe I could go as small as #32, if my eyes could do it! And tons of #22, #20, #18, #16, #14 and of course larger.

I fish what I tie, which means my tying is mostly of experiments of my own design, and also the go-to patterns that I use and lose. And I don't tie fast enough to crank out a fly every seven minutes. What with the inevitable interruptions, I'll do two flies at a sitting. So honestly a Whiting half-cape (assuming I have a couple of colors) is likely to last me five to ten years! If it doesn't, that just means the feathers are working well (or I guess it could also mean I catch a lot of trees). I like half-capes because I can get multiple colors in very cost-effective manner.

To me, a decade of tying with materials that are a pure joy to work with is something I value. Tying is so relaxing--a creative hobby in and of itself that feeds right into another one that's practiced on the stream. And I think J.Stockard's price is quite good, so this is a no-brainer as I see it.

- Michael Vorhis
...author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller (which has some fly fishing in it)
...author of OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller (all about competitive aviation and the deep sea)

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the most affordable

Reviewer: A viewer from Weaverville, NC US

these capes are probably the best bang for your buck. they have considerably long feathers and nice supple quills. whiting farms has never let me down when it comes to dry fly hackles they're simply the best.

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Awesome hackle

Reviewer: A viewer from Bloomington, IN US

Using good quality hackle improved my flies 100%. You get a wide variety of sizes on a single cape, even in bronze grade.

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Great product great price

Reviewer: A viewer from Little Elm, TX US

This is a great product at a great price. You get a really large amount of good feathers with a really good range of sizes with these capes. I am not dissapointed at all. These capes have met my needs for all the dry fly hackle I tie and will last a long time.

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