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Old 11-13-2003, 09:12 AM
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If you're tying specific patterns, the recipe should describe the type of hackle used in the original. Otherwise I would say it depends on the pattern style and which part of the fly (collar, wing, tail etc.).

For the muddy estuaries of Costa Rica, patterns that push a lot of water and kick out a bunch of vibes would call for a good stiff cock neck whereas a clear water palmered worm pattern would have a lot more life tied with a softer hackle.

Saddlles are great for palmering on long shank hooks. I guess hen could have an application also.
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