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Chicabou & Matuka

After Henry Hoffman sold his prized line of dry fly birds to Dr. Tom Whiting of Colorado, he continued to raise chickens for their soft hackle.

He was pursuing a fluffy dense feather that would breath life into his soft hacke nymph patterns.

If you ever find yourself at a show in the North West, check to see if Mr. Hoffman is tying there. He is gentleman, happy to share what he knows, his tying station unassuming, but most importantly, he is a true master of simplicity.

3/11/14

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Whiting Soft Hackle with Chickabou

 

Thanks

David

 

 

Matuka Feathers

This tying style originated in New Zealand. The flies were known as "mutuku flies", named after the feathers from the Matuku Bittern which were originally used along with Kiwi feathers. Today both these birds are endangered and no longer available.

Somehow, over time, the name changed to "matuka". The best feathers for tying this style of fly are found on the breast of dry fly roosters. The feathers are long and wide with a round tip. The web is dense and extends to the edge of each feather.

Chickabou

The best way to describe these feathers is that they are mini marabou. They come from the same place on a chicken that marabou is found on a turkey. The fibers are soft and fluffy like marabou, however, the feather stem is a bit longer and stiffer.

The variety of colors and patterns are useful for everything from coldwater to saltwater patterns. Dyed grizzly colors make nice buggers, natural colors can be used as a sub to match a natural feather such as a bittern, and the speckled pattern on the laced birds has an especially buggy look.

 


whiting hen hackleWhiting Farms Soft Hackle with Chickabou

These hen capes are from the Whiting and Hebert line. The nice thing about these hen capes is that even the small feathers are long, making tying small sizes a breeze.

I've grouped both lines together here. Increasingly, they are becoming hard to tell apart. The main difference is that the barring on the grizzly is tighter and more clear on a Whiting than a Hebert. And as with the rooster capes, there is a better selection of natural colors in the Hebert.

 

    Natural Colors  
 

$15For those of you who have met me a a show, this is the same high quality hackle at the same great price!

  • wild type
  • on white
  • on grizzly
  • laced
  • brahma
Wild Type
wild type cream ginger dark tan brown
Brown Duns
brown chocolate sandy pwd tan honey
Grey Duns
grey charcoal lt grey ashy silver rusty

 

Soft Hackle with Chickabou / $15

To order, choose a color;

 

 

black white brown coachman ginger tan
olive dk olive lt olive golden burgandy claret
heron grey steel blue peacock green shrimp orange color color

 

Soft Hackle with Chickabou / $15

To order, choose a color;

 

 

grizzly bleached thick dark light pale
brown march brown coachman olive dk olive lt olive
g olive peacock claret burgandy dunn steel blue

 

Soft Hackle with Chickabou / $15

To order, choose a color;

 

 

 

natural olive dk olive golden shrimp lime

 

Soft Hackle with Chickabou / $15

To order, choose a color;

 

 

 

natural olive golden olive brown golden brown straw

 

Soft Hackle with Chickabou / $17.50

To order, choose a color;

 

 

dunn charcoal pwd brown speckled mottled
grey dark medium variant light tan

 

 

 


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    Bright Colors  
 

$15The assortment is always changing, but just give me a call and I'll be glad to hand pick what you're looking for.

  • on white
  • on grizzlies
  • on laced
  • coq de leon
red yellow orange chartruese floral green
purple lavender pink hot pink kingfisher silver doctor

 

Soft Hackle with Chickabou / $15

To order, choose a color;

 

 

 

red yellow orange chartruese floral green
purple lavender pink hot pink kingfisher silver doctor

 

Soft Hackle with Chickabou / $15

To order, choose a color;

 

 

 

red yellow orange chartruese y chart green
purple lavender pink hot pink kingfisher silver doctor

 

Soft Hackle with Chickabou / $15

To order, choose a color;

 

 

 

red yellow orange chartruese purple olive

 

Soft Hackle with Chickabou / $15

To order, choose a color;

 

 

 

 


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