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What do you tiers use for a soft hackle fly?  I see partridge is used a lot but asking if there are some alternatives. TIA.

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I use mostly starling for my soft hackle nymphs, occasionally partridge.  I also have pheasant, quail, even some parrot.   I've used guinea hen and spey hackle for larger flies.  

Below is my standard PT Nymph tied with starling, and a larger one I tied for a CFR retreat where sunfish and bass are the main target.

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hi regarding hackles for north counrty spiders it depends on which one you are talking about the simple answer to your question is to get Rodger Foggs (book) North Country Spiders I have this book and it's very good  north country spiders are basically sparsely dressed wet flies the right way to dress them the body is half the hook length   and hackles range from partridge breast feathers to snipe = snipr & purple,  partridge = partridge & orange this will give you a starting point but the book would be more helpful hope this is of some use to you

kind regards Steve 

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Grouse (Partridge if you're from Maine), hen backs, Ring Neck Pheasant skins (male and female) are all good sources that won't set you back a lot of money.  Don't forget to look on the wings of any of those birds - the feathers may look too small but you only want one or two wraps out of the feather.

 

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hun, grouse, chukar, starling, CDC hen saddle, hen cape and sometimes I'll go through my pheasant feather collection to pick out something.

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Starling, mallard coverts, English red grouse, moorhen, snipe, jackdaw, woodcock, various quail, and you can always use hen.

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All good suggestions.  Having friends who belong to a gun club are friends worth having !🙂

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Many thanks for the replies. Been away for waaay to long. Have a grandson who will be getting a fly rod outfit for his birthday in a couple of days. Have another grandson who will be on the list soon when he sees what his cousin got.

Will go through my materials to see what I have.

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