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Darbee Duns

"When money really got tight, I began commercial fly tying because fishing seemd to be the only business that wasn't too affected by the depression".

And in turn, Harry Darbee went on to develop a line of feathers that changed fly tying. Harry used the "shot gun" approach to breeding. He threw a dun rooster in with brown hens and waited to see what came out.

His aim was for the perfect dun, and as you can see in the pictures, the match is perfect. A tightly held small flock has been preseved by one breeder..... take a look!

 

A bit of history

When deciding whether to buy a dry fly cape or saddle there are a few things to first consider. First, what sizes are you planning to tie? With a good rooster cape you can tie sizes 6 to 26. Rooster saddles on the other hand have a very narrow size range, usually just two or three. The feathers are long and narrow and you can easily tie six or seven flies of the same size from just one feather.

Dry flies need good strong tails and dry fly capes have great tailing fibers along the edges of the cape. These are the feathers that would be on the throat of the rooster. They are called spade hackle and have the strongest fibers, feathers needed to protect the throat from the sharp spurs of other roosters.

 

 

 

    Darbee Duns  
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Grey Duns

grey dun light grey dark grey charcoal lt splash dk splash

Brown Duns

brown dun lt brown dk brown tan dun honey dun rusty dun

Blue Duns

blue dun light blue dark blue cahill grizzly dyed lt grizzly

 

 

Darbee Rooster Cape - $30.00
To order, select a color;

 

Darbee Rooster 1/2 Cape - $17.50
To order, select a color;


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    Dun Variants "One-of-a-Kind" Color  
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These are one-of-a-kind colors. You will receive the exact one pictured. They are only available in full capes.

Variants

variant 1 variant 2 variant 3 variant 4 variant 5 variant 6
variant 7 variant 8 variant 9 variant 10 variant 11 variant 12
variant 13 variant 14 variant 15 variant 16 variant 17 variant 18

 

 

Darbee Rooster Cape - $45.00
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    Grizzly & Browns  
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Grizzlies

grizzly light dark dun dark dun bleached

Browns

brown cream ginger gin var greenwell furnace

 

 

Darbee Rooster Cape - $30.00
To order, select a color;

 

Darbee Rooster 1/2 Cape - $17.50
To order, select a color;


***To checkout, please click the view "cart button".

 

 

    Badgers & Others  
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Badgers

silver golden cream speckled dun light dun

Others

black white dyed black olive dyed ginger new color

 

 

Darbee Rooster Cape - $30.00
To order, select a color;

 

Darbee Rooster 1/2 Cape - $17.50
To order, select a color;


***To checkout, please click the view "cart button".

 

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Darbee Rooster Saddles

If you love tying with grizzly hackle and want feathers in larger sizes - this is for you! This special Whiting-Darbee line of roosters offers a unique saddle with wider feathers for tying larger flies. Also, the feathers are also not as long. This makes wrapping the feathers on the hook more manageable.

To see a review of these saddles, please visit; WiFlyFisher's blog post.

 

 

    Darbee Duns  
 

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Grey Duns

grey dun light grey dark grey pwd charcoal dk splash

Brown Duns

brown dun lt brown dk brown sandy dun splash dun honey dun

Blue Duns

blue dun light blue dark blue cahill splash grizzly dyed

 

 

Darbee Rooster Saddle - $45.00
To order, select a color;
Darbee Rooster 1/2 Saddle - $25.00
To order, select a color;



***To checkout, please click the view "cart button".

 

 

    Dun Variants "One-of-a-Kind" Color  
 

These are one-of-a-kind colors. You will receive the exact one pictured. They are only available in full capes.

Variants

variant 1 variant 2 variant 3 variant 4 variant 5 variant 6
variant 7 variant 8 variant 9 variant 10 variant 11 variant 12
variant 13 variant 14 variant 15 variant 16 variant 17 variant 18

 

 

Darbee Rooster Saddle - $55.00
To order, select a color;

 



***To checkout, please click the view "cart button".

 

 

    Browns & Badgers  
 

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Browns

brown cream ginger coachman dyed ginger barred

Badgers

silver golden dun speckled greenwell furnace

 

 

Darbee Rooster Saddle - $45.00
To order, select a color;

 

Darbee Rooster 1/2 Saddle - $25.00
To order, select a color;


***To checkout, please click the view "cart button".

 

 

    Grizzly  
 

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Grizzlies

grizzly dun dark light dun variant bleached

Dyed over Grizzly

brown olive burnt org gold black march brown
red yellow orange chartruese pink kingfisher

 

 

Darbee Rooster Saddle - $45.00
To order, select a color;

 

Darbee Rooster 1/2 Saddle - $25.00
To order, select a color;


***To checkout, please click the view "cart button".

 

 

    Dyed over White  
 

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Natural Colors

dyed black white black brown burnt org copper
olive dk olive lt olive gold olive claret peacock

High Visability Colors

red yellow orange chartruese hot pink purple
kingfisher sil doc blue lavander magenta soft pink salmon

 

 

Darbee Rooster Saddle - $45.00
To order, select a color;

 

Darbee Rooster 1/2 Saddle - $25.00
To order, select a color;


***To checkout, please click the view "cart button".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"No Questions Asked" Return Policy

If you order feathers from me and are not happy for whatever reason, please contact me right away and I will resolve the problem. I don't want you to be unhappy with anything you purchase.

Thanks, David 608-332-4220

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Free shipping on every feather!

 

Every Shade of Dun


Grey Dun

 

 

A Perfect Match

 

Darbee's brown dun
is a perfect color
match for the Quill Gordon Mayfly.

 

Quill Gordon mayfly



Brown Dun Cape



Quill Gordon Pattern

 


 

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Must have feathers for
tying Dry Fly patterns

 

 

Tailing

 

Coq de Leon Tailing Packs

 


Spade Hackle

 


Golden Pheasant Tippets

 

 

 

Mayfly Winger Feathers

 

Winger Patches

webby feathers with nice round tips

 


Lemon Wood Duck



Turkey Flats

perfect flat edges for wing posts

 

 

Duck Quills

 

 

Duck Bellie

 

 

Body Hackle

 

Rhode Island Red Quill Body Capes

 


Peacock Herl

 

 



Tying Bench

 

 

 

 

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Must have feathers for
tying Soft Hackle patterns

 

 

Starling

 

 

Cul de Canard

 

 

Partridge

 

 

Woodcock Wings



Marabou Packs

 

 

Hen Pheasant

 



Whiting Hen Capes

 

 

Hen Saddles

 

 

Soft Hackle with Chicabou

 

 



Golden Pheasant Tippets

 

 

Mayfly Larva