Jump to content
Fly Tying
CSB1

Neck Hackles

Recommended Posts

From what I understand the most popular necks most of us use are Rooster Necks. What kind of bird do the premium neck hackles come from?   

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Premium roosters with long history of breeding just for color, barb count, and hackle length. Search Tom Whiting Hackles he has some informative video.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are all roosters, but they are not all the same roosters. 
Flyyfishfood has a few good YouTube videos with Tom Whiting explaining the whole thing.

Here is one

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is lots of information on the internet that is easy to find.  More than you probably want to know. The following is a good start, but just a start.

 

In the 40s and 50s, a Catskills fly-tier named Harry Darbee crossed Thompson Barred Rock roosters with Old English Games, Blue Andalusians, and several other breeds, in an effort to create the perfect dun-colored neck cape. He sent eggs to a Minneapolis lawyer named Andy Miner, who employed meticulous breeding methods to create a range of colors and feathers unparalleled in their time. A great deal of the hackle available today owes to the bloodlines of these two breeders.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a nice Miner cape !  A tan dun . 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A quick note about chicken feathers, saddles or necks, hens or roosters... The ideal freshwater fly tying necks (or saddles) aren’t exactly what saltwater tyers need at all... In fact that lovely genetic product so prized by skilled freshwater tyers is lost on those of us that tie for the salt, mostly...

 

Instead, we’re looking for wide, webby, saddles and neck hackles that are strung in uniform lengths and dyed or bleached as needed.  Most freshwater tyers would consider the feathers that I prize to be junk and pass them by whenever they come across them...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, redietz said:

Those appear to be saddles, not necks.

 

You are right, but it makes a point.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, Capt Bob LeMay said:

Most freshwater tyers would consider the feathers that I prize to be junk and pass them by whenever they come across them...

That's cuz you wouldn't know a good feather if someone tickled your foot with it. Ha ha ha.😋  Of course I tease you.

That's one of the things I love about fly tying. There's so many directions you can go in. I'm fortunate, I get to use the best of both worlds.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Mark Knapp said:

I love this picture. He's an amazing bird.

And the rooster is pretty good too...😃

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

×
×
  • Create New...