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Whiting Saddles, what a thing of beauty

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Since i began tying i have always gone cheap on my dry fly hackle. i have several Metz #2 half necks, a couple of Keough Tyers Grade and a no-name neck i got off ebay. At the Fly Fishing show in January I picked up two Whiting silver grade half saddles. Tonight i finally got around to tying some dries with them.

 

Holy #$^* was i blown away. What a joy to work with, no twisting, great barb count and consistency, no gaps. My dries improved in quality instantly.

 

I am sold on the whiting saddles, at $25ish per half saddle i will be buying several more colors and may try a neck or two.

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They are an a amazing thing. The capes are great because of the size range the saddles are great because of the number of flies you get out of each one. I tend to use the Heberts alot because of the great colors, you should try a midge saddle, I think Bronze 1/4 is $28 the largest feather will tie a 18 at most with most between 20 - 24. They are just amazing!

Joe Fox

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I agree with Joe Fox....the Heberts have some beautiful natural colors...lots of different shades of dun for you dun fanatics. There's a little bit of the Catskills in every one of those necks because they have the Darbee/Andy Miner genetic heritage in there....

I like that!

I've said it several times before but the Pro grades are a super deal....go to Joe's site; he usually has some nice ones. As far as the saddles go, they make palmered flies so easy. I haven't tried the midge saddles yet but I'm looking forward to tying like a dozen( OK maybe 8....lol) griffith gnats from one feather...think how fast that will be.

Hot Tuna

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Maybe i'm spoiled I didn't know any other feathers were around ..every shop around here sells whiting.

when I took my fly tying class thats all they had . So thats what I bought and bought and bought. lol

Other then a few feathers I got from my dads chickens.

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You don't hear about the others till you get on the boards and hear of them. I've tried keoughs ,metz, ewing, collins, conranch, and whiting but I still like the conranch better and it's quality is equal to whiting.

 

I have the tailing packs from Collins and like them alot.

 

Everyone has their personal favorites and that's just fine.

 

Enjoy and keep tying

 

Fatman

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