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#16 rstaight

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 10:08 PM

I was at a fly shop in Indianapolis yesterday to get some supplies for a scout troop doing Fly Fishing Merit Badge. I was looking around to see if there was anything for my own material collection. They had some Whiting starter packs with 4 different colors of capes for $66. They didn't look bad.


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#17 Mogup

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 11:22 PM

They're decent and offer value.

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 09:37 AM

Care to get a little more specific about their hackle? Sizes, length, stiffness, quality? I haven't heard of them and it's hard for me to judge from a photo on eBay.

Sure, the sizes are listed on eBay. Length of hackles is typically 8-10. The fibers on most of my saddles are pretty stiff, but one (of four), a cree-ish variant, is very stiff and prickly. Quality overall may not quite be the same as Whiting, but for the price of one nice Whiting saddle, you can buy every color of Skilton you would ever need.
Looks pretty good. Thanks for going through the trouble. Appreciate it.

#19 Henry Denson

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 12:32 PM

Care to get a little more specific about their hackle? Sizes, length, stiffness, quality? I haven't heard of them and it's hard for me to judge from a photo on eBay.

Sure, the sizes are listed on eBay. Length of hackles is typically 8-10. The fibers on most of my saddles are pretty stiff, but one (of four), a cree-ish variant, is very stiff and prickly. Quality overall may not quite be the same as Whiting, but for the price of one nice Whiting saddle, you can buy every color of Skilton you would ever need.
Looks pretty good. Thanks for going through the trouble. Appreciate it.

Your welcome!