Tying Tube flies

Comparing Hackles

Blue Eared Pheasant
  • Blue Eared Pheasant

  • Barb: 1 to 3+ in length, soft with little webbing
  • Stem: 3/4" to 1 1/2" usable length, small to medium diameter, very supple
  • Uses: Excellent collars and dividers, 4 to 6 wraps possible allowing palmering medium to large bodies and traditional spey flies.
Green Pheasant
  • Green Pheasant (over Rhea)

  • Barb: 1/2 to 1 in length, soft with some webbing.
  • Stem: 1 to 1 1/2" usable length, medium diameter, quite supple.
  • Uses: Collars and dividers.
Schlappen
  • Schlappen

  • Barb: 1/2 to 3/4 in length, soft and very webby
  • Stem: 3 to 6 usable length, medium diameter, reasonably supple.
  • Uses: Palmer on large flies, collars and dividers w/multiple flies per feather.
Steelhead Anglers Spey Hackle
  • Steelhead Anglers Spey Hackle

  • Barb: 1/2 to 1 1/4" in length, soft and very webby.
  • Stem: 4 to 5 usable length, medium diameter, somewhat supple.
  • Uses: Basically larger selected schlappen, palmer on large flies, multiple collars and dividers per feather.
Spey Plumes
  • Spey Plumes (mini ostrich)

  • Barb: 1/2" to 2 1/2" in length, very soft with prominent barbules.
  • Stem: 1 to 3 usable length, medium to large diameter, moderately stiff.
  • Uses: Collars and dividers.
Dyed over White Pheasant
  • Dyed over White Pheasant

  • Barb: 1/2 to 3/4 in length, soft and webby.
  • Stem: 1/2 to 1 1/4 usable length, medium diameter, reasonably supple.
  • Uses: Collars, dividers, palmer on small flies.
Rooster Saddle
  • Rooster Saddle

  • Barb: 3/8 to 3/4 in length, somewhat stiff.
  • Stem: 4 to 7 usable length, medium-small in diameter, quite supple.
  • Uses: great for supporting soft materials in wings, or other hackles. Long stems allow for palmering large flies, or multiple flies/feather.
Hen Saddle
  • Hen Saddle

  • Barb: 3/8 to 5/8 in length, very soft and webby.
  • Stem: 3/4 to 2 usable length, medium-small in diameter, quite supple.
  • Uses: Collars, dividers between wing stages, palmer over small bodied flies.
Pheasant Rump
  • Pheasant Rump

  • Barb: 3/4' to 1 1/2 in length, soft with little webbing.
  • Stem:3/4 to 1 1/4 usable length, medium diameter, reasonably supple.
  • Uses: Collar, dividers, palmer on small bodied flies.
Hareline Spey Hackle
  • Hareline Spey Hackle

  • Barb: 1 to 2 in length, soft with a little webbing.
  • Stem: 1 1/2" to 2 usable length, fairly stiff.
  • Uses: Collars, dividers and small palmered bodies
Tip dyed Marabou
  • Tip dyed Marabou

  • Barb: 1 1/2" to 3 in length, very soft and fluffy, needs support to avoid collapse.
  • Stem: medium to large, supple to moderately stiff. Selecting is critical.
  • Uses: Collars and dividers, often multiple feathers are wrapped directly in front of previous feather.
Rhea
  • Rhea (in dubbing loop)

  • Barb: 2 to 4 in length, soft with little or no webbing.
  • Stem: Unusable, unless split.
  • Uses: long collars and dividers.
Ostrich Herl
  • Ostrich Herl (in dubbing loop)

  • Barb: 2 to 4 in length, very soft with prominent barbules.
  • Stem: Unusable, unless split.
  • Uses: Long collars and dividers
Golden Pheasant
  • Golden Pheasant

  • Barb: 1 to 2 in length, soft with little web, brown and red in color.
  • Stem: 3/4" to 1 1/2" in length, medium small in diameter fairly supple.
  • Uses: Collars and dividers.
Mallard
  • Mallard

  • Barb: 1 to 2 in length, soft and moderately webby, dark and light variegation.
  • Stem: 3/4" to 1 1/4" usable length, medium diameter, somewhat stiff.
  • Uses: Collars and dividers.