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STRUNG HACKLE FEATHERS
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
SCHLAPPEN HACKLE FEATHERS
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.
OF A FEATHER
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.
HISTORIC FLY TYING
When buying complete bird skins, the skin should be pliable and scrapped clean of any residue.
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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STRUNG HACKLE FEATHERS