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NrthFrk16 03-11-2002 03:20 AM

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I am in dire need of some rooster cock tail...or atleast to know exactly what this stuff is.

I was shown a fly by one of the better fisherman on the Skagit and quickly reconized it as possible addition to my rotation as it is simple, quick to tie and looks productive for a couple differnt reasons.

The key to the fly is the hackle that is used.

When he showed me the fly, I guessed schlappen but he said that it was not schallapen and that it was actually "Rooster Cocktail" and that the shop that I worked out did not carry it.

I looked around and around for this material and could not find it on the web or in any of my catologs.

So on my day off last week I took a run over to Swede's, a flyshop that is well-known for having odd ball materials. They did not have it and when I asked the gentleman at the counter what "Rooster Cocktail" was, he pointed out the burnt Spey hackle.

Burnt spey hackle was not the material in the fly as it had a differnt length, differnt width and consistency within the fibers.

I showed him the fly (eventhough I promised I would not show a soul...but I was desperate and frustrated) and he said it was schlappen.

Upon closer inspection, the hackle fibers were a tad stiffer then your run of the mill schlappen.

So if anyone knows what this material is, please fill me in...

Thanks in advance!!

watersprite 03-11-2002 04:23 AM


Beats me what you want, but if you are unable to find the material, or even what it is, then email me. I have about 30 plus mature rosters of varying types and colors and you are welcome to any one of them, just let me know well in advance so I can catch them. Only stipulation, you have to take the whole rooster - free of charge of course, you just have to beat feet up to Marblemount.


pmflyfisher 03-11-2002 08:19 AM


Never seen that but check the UK fly material sites. Maybe there.
Let us know. We are always looking for new material even here in the Great Lakes.


Adrian 03-11-2002 08:44 AM


Check these guys out:

I've seen it on shelves down here in NYC - at Urban angle I think - if you come up blank let me know.

Good luck

fisshman26 03-11-2002 09:33 AM

Sparky, What you search for is also called coche tail and was available from John Shewey at signature series materials. Check the spring 97 issue of fly tyer magazine for a more detailed description and addresses etc.......

NrthFrk16 03-11-2002 12:20 PM

Thanks for the link!!! That is the stuff...

...and thanks to everyone else for your help! :)

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