What Breeds are considered for Fly Tying

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by muddler6, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. muddler6

    muddler6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any Fly tyers out there? I have considered getting a couple birds for hackle feathers, but not sure what breeds fit this category. I have some friends who tie flies, and I fly fish, so I had the thought, if I raise a couple birds to give them neck and saddle hackle, they could do the work to tie those tiny little critters and share some with me. What birds are good dry fly hackle? Are there specific Breeds, or mixes that make better hackle feathers?
     
  2. roosters97

    roosters97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    partridge plymouth rock
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Barred Plymouth Rock mostly I think.
     
  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    silver pencilled rocks and wyandottes i think
     
  5. muddler6

    muddler6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Rooster97, I see you have some of these, do you tie with them?
     
  6. roosters97

    roosters97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Rooster97, I see you have some of these, do you tie with them?

    oh yes!!! i use his saddles/hackles and sometimes the females
     
  7. muddler6

    muddler6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What other chicken breeds are good for fly tiers? I was looking at Dorkings the other day and thinking they look like they would have good hackle, but never seeing on "in person" I can't tell if they would have the right hackle for dry flies or not.
     
  8. muddler6

    muddler6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone else with suggestions?
     
  9. Bluedun

    Bluedun Out Of The Brooder

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    Depends on what type/kind of flies you want to tie. Wets, dries, salmon/steelhead, bass, salt water. You can use any feather but what you should get depends on what you are tying.

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  10. muddler6

    muddler6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mostly various size dry flies, but of course a good neck and saddle could supply hackle for wet flies. But give me a list of what birds could go for what flies. If I can raise a few for myself and my fly tying friends I can preserve them for future use.
     

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