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#1 strutnstuff

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 04:46 PM

I was some jungle cock capes on eBay from Estonia for $35 plus $9.50 for shipping. I want to the some salmon & steelhead flies. A few questions is that a good price? What to look for when buying them? A few had split nails, I think that is probably the very end of the feather. Am I right. Thanks for the replys.

#2 Henry Denson

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 06:54 PM

I think I can help, give me a few minutes to take pictures.

#3 Henry Denson

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 08:07 PM

Okay, the quality of a cape is primarily determined by the amount of split nails*, color, density of nails, and size. This is what a (severely) split nail looks like.Attached File  3FB5BC48-A0F9-4C3B-9D5B-2BEDFD41EA3E.jpeg   206.14KB   5 downloads   Number of splits need not be the primary consideration when buying a cape, as splits are easily fixed. To fix a split, you first put a drop of head cement on your index finger, and then stroke the eye between your thumb and index finger, applying the cement to the back of the nail. Here is the same nail that has been fixed with this method. Less severely split nails repair better than this.Attached File  A4E7F3D8-4EC9-4A62-AC87-70BB719EB7C5.jpeg   189.75KB   4 downloads

Especially if you are tying your flies exclusively for fishing, spilt nails do not really matter. The better capes have more vibrant colors, as opposed to lighter, faded nails.
Here is one with good color and minor splits. Attached File  30B3878C-FB47-4337-B179-180DE93AE980.jpeg   229.25KB   3 downloadsHere is one with faded color and more splits.Attached File  C678B8D2-FED9-445A-B28D-2453A7A092D5.jpeg   152.47KB   3 downloads

Here is a large cape with good color, good density of nails.Attached File  96565B3D-A3AA-43C9-BD78-B561351B3523.jpeg   376.91KB   5 downloads   Here is a cape with a lighter tone, and few splits.Attached File  647D5AA8-43D6-4981-B20A-DC2A50A914F6.jpeg   216.54KB   2 downloads Here is one with good color, good density, and very few splits.Attached File  68CB2F7A-7D17-46D4-89F4-A7F3951A96E9.jpeg   242.95KB   4 downloads


*The desirable feathers on the cape. Also known as eyes. 



#4 Henry Denson

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 08:09 PM

Looks like I am have picture problems, will sort that out later tonight.

#5 chugbug27

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 12:26 AM

Thanks Henry that's very helpful stuff
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#6 fishingbobnelson

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 10:30 AM

Here is a source I have used before: Lathkill Fly Fishing http://www.lathkill.com/shop/index.php. They are in England, shipping is around $7.00. Prices are in Pound Sterling which is about $1.30 US dollars. They have lots of exotic feathers and a large selection of Jungle Cock Capes. I agree with Henry, unless you are tying for show or competition split eyes are fine. The fish are going to tear them up anyway.

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