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Its amazing how altered these chicken from whiting are. The cape is very heavily packed with quills as all whiting capes are. The tips on the cape in my opinion are to pointed for proper wings, plus not to many to wing size 12,and 14, and few 16. The real kicker here is you could honestly use the hackle as for dries, no kidding. Not much web at all. Genetics.
The Whiting hen capes are excellent for palmering hackle on wet flies. When tying wet flies that require hackle barb lengths to be 1 2/2 to 2 times the hook gape, it is difficult to find soft hackle stems with approprate length for palmering. The whiting cape stems meet this requirement. The stems are thin/flexable and do not crack or split when wrapping. Great for wooly buggers and make Beautiful classic wet flies.
These are very good for the price. I use them for wet fly hackle and am not dissapointed. They are of the same high standards as the dry fly capes and look really good with a lot of material in a lot of sizes. The feathers have a longer length for tying which makes them easier to use than the other options out there.
I really like this hackle. I can use it for wooly buggers, nymphs, and the size distribution is great. I have had no trouble with any brittle stems, very webby, and the color, if dyed, has held up very well and is even on all the ones I have gotten. Yes, you do get more feathers in the high and dry capes, but at more cost. This size and cost works out very good for my needs. Great product.
I use these for whooly buggers and palmered fresh and saltwater flies. The hen hackles just give way more action than the saddle hackles. You just have to tie in a second hackle half way up the fly for bigger flies.
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