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: One Feather

01-02-2004, 10:00 AM
I tied all of these for the swap using only one Grizzly Saddle feather. They have come along way in the last 10 years when a Metz #1 was the best.

John Desjardins
01-02-2004, 10:07 AM
Brad, I was thinking the same thing as I managed to tie mine out of a single feather as well. If you want I can send you some old feathers to remind you of the "good" old days. :D

01-02-2004, 10:54 AM

No thanks I have enough of that stuff already. Fortunately I did not spend a ton of money back then collecting capes. I may take a walk into Cheesman Canyon this weekend. I have to break in the new liscense you know.


01-02-2004, 07:14 PM
i need to get some good capes but i hate having to spend 60 bucks on a decent cape
is that what is left over of the feather in the pic

01-03-2004, 10:14 AM

No that is another feather just to give you an idea how long they are. You can now buy packs of 10 feathers or so from WHITING. If you are careful that will tie around 120 to 150 flies. I do not know the cost but it cannot be that much. You could also get together with a few friends and split a saddle or two.

How about those Buckeyes.

My swap flies are in the mail. John has been on vacation but should send his shortly.


01-03-2004, 11:09 AM
whiting 100s they cost 15 dollars
the only problem with those is that they are only for on e or two hook sizes but that is what i will probably go to

thanks for getting your flies out

Don Johnson
01-08-2004, 09:10 AM
Keough's Tyer's Grade Capes are about the best deal I have seen in quite a while. They will allow you to tie numerous flies down to about a 24 or maybe a little smaller. The necks are available in 9 popular colors and have feathers that have supple quills and stiff barbules....and they retail for 20 bucks. In my opinion, they are somehwere between a grade 2 and 3 and closer to the 2. Some may argue with that.

The vast majority of the trout flies I have tied and continue to tie are sizes 12-16 and these capes offer an outstanding value for hackles in that size range given the quantity of feathers on the skin.