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: flat wing saddles?

02-22-2006, 07:50 AM
Anyone know of a source? They seem hard to find nowadays...


Dble Haul
02-22-2006, 08:03 AM

Some of the best flatwing hackles that I've ever seen and used have come from one of our sponsors, Saltwater Edge. Really good stuff and reasonable prices, and a multitude of colors.

02-22-2006, 08:31 AM
Yeah I love thier bucktails but it seems they have stopped carrying them. The last 2 times I have been in they have not had any. Will call and see if they got some in.


02-22-2006, 09:31 AM
Since Kenney Abrames got out of the deying game, the main source now seems to have reverted to Whiting where they are marketed under the "Utility Hackle" banner. I'm pretty sure Kenney got his undeyed capes from Whiting.

One of our other sponsors, Bears Den had some nice custom deyed flatwing hackles at one of the shows last year and I think I saw a few at Orvis "Fishing the Cape" in Harwich.

Other than those two, I'm always on the lookout for bargain capes. I have a few Metz "low grade" saddle capes that are perfect for smaller flatwings up to 6 inches in length.

02-23-2006, 07:56 AM
To the fellow flatwing tiers: I found a site listed on another board that carries the Whiting flatwing/utility saddles.


I fund one that should make nice worm flies, and the prices are reasonable. Ron

02-23-2006, 06:13 PM
I just got off the phone with the owner of the site I mentioned in the earlier post and he is trying to fill the niche left vacant when Ken A. stopped dying his line of saddles. The only real area where flatwings are used is here in the NE so they are a specialty item for the large dealers. He is going to get back to me on my request for an olive in the flatwing/utility saddle(has more shorter feathers, think Ray's fly) than the Hebert's saddle. I'll keep you posted as things unfold. Ron

02-23-2006, 07:10 PM
I'm sure the Bear's Den in Taunton MA can send you some as long as you don't mind going the mail order route. They seem to have a bit of everything!

02-24-2006, 03:41 AM
teflonjones_ I regularly shop at the Den and their supply of flatwing saddles is dwindling 'cause they got many from Ken Abrames, and the don't have the colors I was looking for. Ron

02-24-2006, 06:35 AM
Yeah I was just at the den a few days ago. Great shop with a lot of materials, finally a good selection of holofusion, but nada in the flat wing department.


02-24-2006, 09:46 AM
Check with Smitty at rodbuilders workshop, he's got some colors of the whitting pre dyed and I think most of them were 1/2 price. Baymen outfitters sells the bugger hackles, which a lot of guys have there have been using. He had the whitting bugger packs in a non-bleached white for ~$10 and the others run ~$7

02-26-2006, 04:12 PM

I was in Carr's Rod-N-Gun today in Hope, RI. Right on 116. Small shop but a great selection of materials. Its a rare occasion he doesn't have something on my list. He had a decent selection of the Whiting Flat Wing grade saddles. Might be worth a trip if you have some free time to take a drive over to this side of the bay.


02-26-2006, 08:07 PM
Sean- Did Carr's have any dyed colors of the flatwing saddles or just the naturals. Ron

02-26-2006, 09:40 PM

I remember seeing at least some pinks and olives. Other than that I would give them a call. Number is 401-821-7582.


02-27-2006, 07:32 AM
Thanks, Sean. Ron