Mayfly Winger Capes
Many people ask "what is the best feather to use for tying wings on my dry flies?"
Years ago, tyers were able to use hen necks or even the larger feathers off the bottom end of an old rooster cape. However, with hackle growers breeding for smaller and smaller hackle sizes, today these feathers are too narrow and "dry-fly" like.
Well, here are two alternatives that work well; mayfly winger capes and winger patches.
feathers from: hen cape, rooster cape, winger cape. and winger patch
Tying with Mayfly Winger Capes
These capes are from hens specifically grown for neck feathers that are wide and webby, and yet small enough to make a nice wing on a dry fly. The birds are quite a bit smaller than the saltwater hen line and an emphasis is placed on selecting more natural colors.
This line is heavey in different shades of dunn and grizzlies. However, as you can see in the picture, the barring on the grizzly feathers is a bit thick and "muddy". When tied in as a wing, you can only see one or two bars on the feather.
These feather patches have some of the finest feathers for tying wings on a fly. The barring is clean and tight, the tips are nicely rounded, and the webbing extends right to the edge of the feather.
Check out the picture on the upper right. The wings on the fly on the top were tied using feathers from a hen cape. They are far too pointy and barely visable through the collar. The one on the bottom was tyed using feathers from a grizzly saddle patch. The sillouette is perfect.
4/$15These patches come in narrow, medium, wide feather size. The picture on the right shows the range in sizes. Click on a thumbnail below to see an enlarged view.
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