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American Hen Hackle

There is nothing more invigorating than the feel of a smallmouth hitting the fly you just tied! Anybody who's hooked one knows that these guys can sure put up a fight.

So when you're out on the water, you'd better have the right flies. To tie them, you'll need larger feathers, ones that are soft and webby to soak up water, and colors that are vibrant, both natural and bright.

 

Tying with American Hen Capes

This saltwater line has been bred for wide webby soft feathers. The stem of the feather is long so that you can tie most patterns with just one feather. These natural earth tones are called for in both warmwater and stealhead patterns.

One of the most effective yet simple fly patterns is the wollybugger. When fishing that fly in slow moving still water, you need to use a feather that is soft to give the fly the appearance of movement in the water. The feathers on an ordinary hen neck are too stiff and better for flies fished in faster moving trout water.

These saltwater hen capes are dyed a wide range of bright colors. These striking colors are dyed over white, grizzley, and black laced to give the tyer almost every color and feather pattern to tie with.

Today, warmwater and saltwater are the fastest growing markets in fly fishing, and sales of these feathers this last year at the shows just reinforces that. The patterns are fun to tie and the thrill of even that first bluegill will sure to get you hooked.

 

    Hen Capes - Natural Colors  
 

These are earth tone colors, most natural and a few dyed ones. Click on a thumbnail to open a window for a larger image.

  • best sellers
  • grizzlies
  • browns
  • duns
  • laced
  • patterns

Over the past 3 months, these have been the best sellers!
white dyed black olive grizzly silver badger natural black


American Hen Capes / $25.00

To order, choose a color;

grizzly lt grizzly olive grizzly golden olive grizzly dk olive grizzly brown grizzly


American Hen Capes / $25.00

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brown ginger cream ginger laced lt ginger laced golden


American Hen Capes / $25.00

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dunn dark dunn ginger dunn brassy dunn sandy dunn rusty dunn
grey dunn dark grey dunn ashy dunn dunn grizzly charcoal dunn dunn variant


American Hen Capes / $25.00

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golden laced dark laced bleached cream laced furnace tipp lacing
silver laced grousy silver grousy golden silver lateral golden lateral golden olive laced


American Hen Capes / $25.00

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fly 1 fly 2 fly 3 fly 4 fly 5 fly 6

 

    Hen Capes - Bright Colors  
 

$25These bright colors have been dyed on white, grizzly, and laced hen capes. Scroll over the thumbnails to swap the image on the left or click to open a window for a larger image.

  • best sellers
  • on white
  • on grizzly
  • on laced
  • fly patterns

Over the past 3 months, these have been the best sellers!
chartruese blk laced red yellow blk laced white silver doctor blue grizzly


American Hen Capes / $25.00

To order, choose a color;
red yellow orange chartruese floral green
purple lavender silver doctor pink hot pink  


American Hen Capes / $25.00

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red yellow orange charruese lt chartruese green
purple kingfisher lt blue pink hot pink  


American Hen Capes / $25.00

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red yellow orange charruese lt chartruese green
purple kingfisher lt blue pink hot pink shrimp orange


American Hen Capes / $25.00

To order, choose a color;

I'm looking for pictures of flies and the recipies you used to tie them. Please give me a call or email me for more information.

Thanks!

grey dunn dark grey dunn light grey dunn ashy dunn charcoal dunn grey dunn variant

 

 

Tying with American Hen Saddles

The colors and feather patterns here are unique to this saltwater line. Grizzly feathers are well marked with wide black barring and there are many color variations seen on the laced and grousy feathers.

The saddle feathers are even softer, wider, more webby than the feathers on the neck and make great collars on soft hackle flies. The fly in the picture on the right was tied with a single feather from a grousy colored hen saddle.

You won't find a better feather for tying classic wet fly patterns. The webbing on the topmost section or each feather extends right out to the tip and the barb lenth is long, perfect for tying wet fly tails.

The barbs on the middle section of the feather are a bit longer, but the webbing is not at tight, making them better suited for hackling throats or beards on wet fly patterns. Tied in this way, each barb is distinct, giving the throat just the right look.

 

    Hen Saddles - Natural Colors  
 

Scroll your curser over the thumbnails to swap the image on the left or click on one to see a lager image in a new window.

  • best sellers
  • grizzlies
  • duns
  • laced
  • grousey

Over the past 3 months, these have been the best sellers!
white black grizzly golden olive dark olive grizzly grey dun
American Hen Saddles / $20.00

To order, choose a color;
grizzly lt grizzly dk grizzly olive grizzly golden olive grizzly golden brown grizzly
American Hen Saddles / $20.00

To order, choose a color;
grey dark grey light grey tan sandy charcoal
American Hen Saddles / $20.00

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black laced white black laced brown ginger laced buff laced dun laced cream laced
American Hen Saddles / $20.00

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golden specled silver speckled light part dark brown silver

 

    Hen Saddles - Bright Colors  
 

$25Scroll your curser over the thumbnails to swap the image on the left or click on one to see a lager image in a new window.

  • best sellers
  • on white
  • on grizzly
  • on laced

Over the past 3 months, these have been the best sellers!
white purple grizzly yellow pink laced orange blue laced


American Hen Saddles / $20.00

To order, choose a color;
red yellow orange charruese lt chartruese purple
blue lt blue violet lt pink hot pink pink


American Hen Saddles / $20.00

To order, choose a color;
red yellow orange charruese blood red purple
blue violet blood red lt pink hot pink pink


American Hen Saddles / $20.00

To order, choose a color;
red yellow orange charruese lt chartruese green
blue lt blue purple salmon blood red pink


American Hen Saddles / $20.00

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