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Package of Strung Hackle Feathers

STRUNG HACKLE FEATHERS
(Rooster Cape Hackle Feathers)
Available at most fly tying shops and sold in a wide range of colors.
Strung hackle feathers are generally from the lower neck region of a rooster and are technically spade feathers which are located between the cape and saddle areas. Some strung hackle feathers might be included when buying a complete cape. Most commercially available strung hackle feathers are from lower grade roosters raised in India or China.

The stems of strung hackle feathers are thin and supple and can easily be manipulated when tied on the hook shank. The barbs on strung hackle are stiffer are less webby than hen hackle or schlappen feathers.

Strung hackle feathers are often used for streamer fly wings. The barbs 

There can be variations in quality and generics of strung hackle feathers. When selecting a strung hackle feather a visual inspection should be preformed to determine if the feather is suitable for the intended application. For hackle applications the barb length might be your priority, but for streamer fly wings your priority might be stem length and webbiness of the barb.

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Commercially available strung Hackle
The feathers are sewn together and sold
in  packages

Strung hackle feathers sold commercially in fly tying shops are usually sorted according to length and strung together. The package will probably state the length of the strung hackle feathers and sometimes will destinate recommended hook sizes 

When choosing a strung hackle feather, a simple inspection should quickly determine it suitability for the size hook and style of fly you are tying. Most fly tyers will have several packages of different colors. At our local fly tying shop, they probably keep over 30 different colors in stock.

Feather Quality Stress Marks
Stress marks on a feather

Avoid feathers with stress marks or missing barbs. The above feather is a worst case situation. Besides stress marks there are missing barbs. (Missing barbs could be from an insect infestation)

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Notice the angle the barbs point
between a saddle hackle, strung
hackle and cape hackle feather.

Notice the angle the barbs point towards the tip are different between a saddle hackle, strung hackle and cape hackle feathers. Most fly tyers probably never notice the angle of the barbs, but it can make a difference in how the barbs react when wet and the profile of the fly. The above saddle hackle feather will maintain the original profile better than the cape hackle feather when wet, because of the angle of the barb to the stem.

Schlappen vs Stung Hackle Compare
Schlappen Feather compared to a
Strung Hackle Feather. It is easy to
tell the difference between the feathers,
with the schlappen having thicker and
more webby barbs than the strung hackle.

Strung hackle and schlappen hackle are sometimes very similar. Strung hackle will generally be from the lower neck of a rooster, while schlappen is from the rump area of the rooster situated along the both sides of the tail. Strung hackle feathers are usually more glossy and wispy than schlappen feathers. Schlappen feathers will also have more downy barbs on the lower section of the feather stem.

SCHLAPPEN HACKLE FEATHERS
Description and uses for schlappen hackle feathers. Schlappen can sometimes be confused with strung hackle feathers, especially on the high grade capes and modern generics, but in most cases a quick inspection will quickly determine the differences.

The term "Strung" is the process of somebody sitting there and sorting out the feathers by length and sewing the base of the quills together.

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Selection of Chicken Hackle Feathers
1. Rooster Saddle Feather
2. Rooster Cape Feather
3. Hen Saddle Feather
4. Hen Cape Feather
5. Strung Hackle Feather
6. Schlappen Hackle Feather

ANATOMY OF A FEATHER
Detailed description of a feather

henry Hoffman
Henry Hoffman at the 2013 NW Fly Tyers
and Fishing Expo. Henry Hoffman was one
of the pioneers in the development of modern
day hackle and is a true legend.

Modern day hackle feathers are almost exclusively from domestically raised birds that have been selectively bred for their color and characteristics. The fly tyers from fifty years ago would be amazed at the hackle available today.

Hackle Pliers
Pair of basic hackle pliers with non-skid jaws

HACKLE PLIERS
There are people who never use hackle pliers but most fly tiers will have a pair and put them to good use.

Favorite Flies
Plate from "Favorite Flies"
Published in 1892

HISTORIC FLY TYING BOOKS
Fly tying books from the 1800's and early 1900's

FEATHER CARE AND STORAGE
General overview concerning the cleaning and storage of feathers

When buying complete bird skins, the skin should be pliable and scrapped clean of any residue.

Commercially available bird skins and feathers bought in a fly tying shop will be clean and have uniform color when dyed. If acquiring bird skins and feathers from other sources then precautions should to be taken to avoid insects or other pests that could infest your fly tying supplies.

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. We do not sell fly tying hackle and this page is for informational purpose only.

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