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Collins and Keough gentic hackle capes, saddles, and hen capes and saddles available at Traditional Angler

The fly tier's choice between buying either a cape or saddle is determined primarily by the range of fly sizes they intend on tying.  Dry fly capes provide a much greater range of sizes than saddles do. This is because as the cape hackle feathers transition from the top of the rooster's head down the back of its neck, the feathers get gradually and progressively larger in the sizes of flies they will hackle. This range extends from tiny "midge" flies (i.e., size 18 to 24), through the mid-range of sizes (i.e., 12 to 16), clear down to the large sizes (i.e., 6 to 10).

 

Conversely, dry fly saddle pelts have a considerably narrower range of hackle sizes, but many more flies' worth within their range. So the fly tier who anticipates tying a wide range of dry fly sizes is better served by a cape pelt, while the tier who is predominantly tying within a two or three hook size range is economically better off choosing a saddle pelt.

 

 

Keough #1 Rooster Capes (Sold out)

 

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Collins #1 Rooster Cape & Saddle Set (Sold out)

 

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Collins  #2 Rooster Cape & Saddle Set (Sold out)

 

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Collins #1 Hen Cape & Saddle Sets (Sold Out)

 

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Keough #1 Rooster Dry Fly Saddles (Sold Out)

 

Excellent saddle quality from #1 capes.

 

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