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Posted 22 July 2018 - 04:46 PM
Posted 22 July 2018 - 06:54 PM
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.
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.
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. 30B3878C-FB47-4337-B179-180DE93AE980.jpeg 229.25KB 3 downloadsHere is one with faded color and more splits. C678B8D2-FED9-445A-B28D-2453A7A092D5.jpeg 152.47KB 3 downloads
Here is a large cape with good color, good density of nails. 96565B3D-A3AA-43C9-BD78-B561351B3523.jpeg 376.91KB 5 downloads Here is a cape with a lighter tone, and few splits. 647D5AA8-43D6-4981-B20A-DC2A50A914F6.jpeg 216.54KB 2 downloads Here is one with good color, good density, and very few splits. 68CB2F7A-7D17-46D4-89F4-A7F3951A96E9.jpeg 242.95KB 4 downloads
*The desirable feathers on the cape. Also known as eyes.
Posted 22 July 2018 - 08:09 PM
Posted 23 July 2018 - 10:30 AM
“The thing about fishing is that it gives a man hope. Each cast builds a little hope and if he can lose himself to that hope, then the worries and the heartache fade into the background. The wind inside him dies down for a while”
The Royal Wulff Murders, by Keith McCafferty