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Unique Variants

Ted Hebert's "shotgun" approach to breeding resulted in some ot the most interesting genes to surface in his flock of feather birds.

Colors never seen before, like champagne, were the result of throwing as many gene types together in a barnyard blender. Recreating them is the trick. Unfortunatly, most do not breed true.

These one-of-a-kind colors are the "Variants". And as you'll see here, many are indescribabley beautiful - others are quite possibley the most hiddious things you'll ever see...

     
Darbee Dun Dry Fly Cape $65.00  

Dun Cree

Here's a color that is harder to find than cree itself. As you can see in the picture, it has the cree quality but the barring is dun rather than black.

More of a collector piece than for tying, this is a find.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

High Grade Cape / $65

 

 

 

 
     
American Rooster Saddle $50.00  

Barred Ginger

Whiting's American line has been bred for wide webby feathers for streamer patterns and large buggers.

Of all the years I've been selling feathers, this is the only one like this that I've seen that has come out of that line.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

American Rooster Saddle / $50

 


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Whiting High-Grade Dry Fly Cape $95.00  

Golden Dun Variant

This is a beautiful cape with colors ranging from browns, to ginger, to duns. And a bit of speckling mixed in.

The length of the feathers and size range makes it look more like a saddle than a cape.

These high-grade capes from Whiting are exceptional. To see the other's I have available, please visit; Whiting Dry Fly Capes.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

High Grade Cape / $95

 

 

 

 

 

Whiting Bronze Midge Saddle $90.00  

Badger Variant

This is certainly a unique variant with a mix of creams, browns, and badger hackle.

Hook sizes on Whiting midge saddles range from 18's and smaller.

I also offer capes in this color, all with sizes ranging from 10 to 22's. Please visit my page; Dry Fly Hackle.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

Full Saddle / $90

 

 

 

Whiting Hackle Packs

Like this color but don't need that many feathers? Give these a try!

Available in more than midge, you can choose from sizes 10 to 32's in both 25 and 100 packs.

Please visit my page; Whiting 100 Packs.

 

 

 

 

     
Whiting Dry Fly Cape $75.00  

Grizzly Variant

Here's a nice grizzly variant that as a bit of everything mixed in. From golden badger to furnace and a wide range of sizes it has it all.

Between a bronze and a silver, this cape will tie sizes from 10's down to 22's.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

High-Grade Cape / $75

 

 

 

 
     
Whiting Hen Cape $35.00  

Grizzly Variant - Golden

Here's a color that you don't find in your local fly shop. The dark dun barring is highlighted with golden edges. This is a beautiful hen cape.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

Whiting Hen Cape / $35

 

 

 

 
     
Hebert Miner 1/2 Cape $65.00  

Light Champaigne

How it got this name, I have no idea. But what makes it unique is the fine speckling you can see on each feather.

This color first seen in Ted Hebert's flock. Today it has all but dissappeared and become more of a collectors item.

 

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

High Grade Cape / $65

 

 

 

 
     
Whiting Spey Rooster Saddle $30.00  

Ginger Variant

Cream, ginger and a hint of barring. This is a beautiful pelt.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

Spey Saddle / $30

 

 

 

 
     
Darbee Rooster Saddle $45.00  

Dun Grizzly dyed Copper Olive

The hint of barring makes this a unique variantion on copper olive.

 

Darbee Rooster Saddle / $45

 

 

 

 

 
     
Darbee Dun Dry Fly Cape $45.00  

Grizzly Dun

Here's a nice grizzly variant dyed dun. Perfect for tying parachuette olives, the grizzly splash will give the legs a buggy look.

The Darbee gene line is know for throwing some interesting variants. To see the colors available, please visit; Darbee Duns.

 

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

Darbee Rooster Cape / $45

 

 

 

 
     
Darbee Dun Dry Fly Cape $50.00  

Blue Dun Speckled Variant

This cape is especially nice with the mix of speckled badger feathers.

The Darbee gene line is know for throwing some interesting variants. To see the colors available, please visit; Darbee Duns.

 

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

Darbee Rooster Cape / $50

 

 

 

 
     
Whiting American Rooster Saddle $55.00  

Grizzly Variant

The Whiting American line doesn't throw many variant. Mostly just grizzly, white, or black.

But here's a nice one. Almost a salt-n-pepper look, the effect is from the grizzly gene and the badger gene mixed together. Neither being dominant.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

Variant Saddle / $55

 

 

 

 

 

     
Whiting Hackle - 100 Packs $17.50  

Badger Variant

Some of the most beautifully colors variants are found in the saddle hackle. Here's a perfect example.

I'm offering these in packs of feathers that will tie either 25 or 100 flies. Not 25 or 100 feathers. The hook size is a mixture of 14's and 16's.

If you're looking for other sizes or colors, visit my page; Whiting 100 Packs.

 

 

25 Pack / $7.50

 

 

100 Pack / $19.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
Whiting Hen Cape $35.00  

Ginger Speckled

This is a color that has all but disappeared from the gene pool. It is a natural color.

And the speckling in this cape makes this one unique.

The nice thing about a hen cape is that it gives you the option of tying a wide range of sizes.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

Variant Hen Cape / $35

 


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Darbee Dry Fly Cape $125.00  

Light Cree

Cree, no matter the shade is a beautiful feather. This one is especially nice with the brown color more of a ginger.

The Darbee gene line is know for throwing some interesting variants. To see the colors available, please visit; Darbee Duns.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

Darbee Rooster Cape / $125

 

 

 

 

 
     
Darbee Rooster Saddle $95.00  

Dun Cree

This is a beautiful color pattern. The feathers are 9 to 11 inches and longer, ranging in size from 12's to 16's.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

Darbee Rooster Saddle / $95

 

 

 

 

 
     
Whiting Hen Cape $35.00  

Grizzly and Badger Genes

With a bit of brown mixed in. Here is a variant where both the grizzly and badger gene were at work. Neither dominant, it gives a nice effect.

And with hints of brown, this is a one of a kind deal.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

Variant Hen Cape / $35

 


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Whiting High-Grade Dry Fly Cape - SOLD $95.00  

Brown Dun Variant

This is a beautiful cape with colors ranging from sandy dun to dark dun.

The length of the feathers and size range makes it look more like a saddle than a cape.

These high-grade capes from Whiting are exceptional. To see the other's I have available, please visit; Whiting Dry Fly Capes.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

High Grade Cape / $95

 

 

 

 
     
Whiting American Rooster Cape $30.00  

Copper Dun Variant

This is a color you will not find on other sites. A burnt orange might be a better name for this color, and you can bet it's something the fish have yet to see as well.

I offer the American line in tons of other colors. To see the other's I have available, please visit; Whiting American Rooster Hackle.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

American Rooster Cape / $30

 

 

 

 
     
Whiting High-Grade Dry Fly Cape $85.00  

Grizzly Ginger Variant

This is a beautiful cape, a hint of grizzly with colors ranging from cream to a bit of brown.

The length of the feathers and size range makes it look more like a saddle than a cape.

These high-grade capes from Whiting are exceptional. To see the other's I have available, please visit; Whiting Dry Fly Capes.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

High Grade Cape / $85

 

 

 

 
     
Soft Hackle with Chickabou - SOLD $20.00  

Silver Speckled

Here's a unique color. The silver background makes the mottling stand out more than the usual tan or brown.

This is the result of a developement line that Dr. Whiting is working on that include the Brahma line.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

SH/wC / $20

 

 

 

 
     
Whiting American Rooster Saddle $45.00  

Muddy Grizzly

Here's a n interesting dun grizzly pattern that looks a bit muddy. Perfect for streamers or even large buggers, this is an interesting color.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

High Grade Cape / $45

 

 

 

 
     
Dirty Yellow Bugger Cape $35.00  

Yellow over Ginger Variant

Now this is a mess. But some of you might want to give it a try. My guess is that the fish haven't seen anything like it.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

Bugger Cape / $35

 

 

 

 

 
     
Hebert / Miner Hen Saddle - SOLD $25.00  

Barred Ginger

Soft ginger feathers with round tips and barring, this is a nice hen saddle.

 

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

H/M Hen Saddle / $25

 
 
     
Whiting American Rooster Cape $35.00  

Flashing

This an example of genetic "flashing". The pigment gene turns on and off, leaving sections of the feather white. It is an interesting effect but not one selected for.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

High Grade Cape / $35

 


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Whiting Spey Rooster Saddle $35.00  

Light Cree Variant

Here's another rare color pattern. Cree in a spey is almost non existent. This light phase is nice.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

Variant Saddle / $35

 

 

 

 
     
Hebert Miner Dry Fly Cape $35.00  

Badger Splash

As you can see from the picture, this thing has a bit of everything in it.

It's priced to sell because it's not in the best shape, lots of broken tips and a few missing feathers.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

H/M Rooster Cape / $35

 

 

 

 

 
     
Whiting Hen Neck $25.00  

Dun Mottled Grizzly

If you're looking for buggy to tie your dun patterns, here it is. This is natural, not dyed and full of small sizes

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

Whiting Hen Neck / $25

 


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Whiting Rooster Saddle $75.00  

Dark Grey Dun Grizzly

Here's an interesting shade of dun grizzly and a bit of splashing mixed in.

More of a bugger saddle, these are still quite a few dry fly feathers.

 

 

Whiting Rooster Saddle / $75

 
 
     
Darbee Dry Fly Cape $55.00  

Mottled Grey Dun

Not sure if I should call this grey or brown. The badger gives it a brown look but the other feathers are grey. What makes it unique is the delicate mottling.

The Darbee gene line is know for throwing some interesting variants. To see the colors available, please visit; Darbee Duns.

 

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

Darbee Rooster Cape / $55

 

 

 

 

 
     
Whiting Hen Cape $35.00  

Cream Broken Badger

The presence of the grizzly gene here is what creates the broken badger effect. These inconsistent color patterns is what gives your finished fly a natural look.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

Whiting Hen Cape / $35

 

 

 

 
     
Whiting American Hen Saddles $45.00  

Blue and Green

Beatle green and beatle blue is the best way to describe these variants on black.

This price is for both of them.

 

 

Whiting Hen Saddles / $45

 
 

 

     
Whiting Hackle - 100 Packs $17.50  

Dark Grizzly Variant

Here's a variant color pattern that has a mix of grizzly, furnace, black, golden badger and grey dun - sometimes all in the same feather.

I'm offering these in packs of feathers that will tie either 25 or 100 flies. Not 25 or 100 feathers. The hook size is a mixture of 14's and 16's.

If you're looking for other sizes or colors, visit my page; Whiting 100 Packs.

 

 

25 Pack / $7.50

 

 

100 Pack / $19.50

 

 

 

 

 
     
Whiting Hackle - 100 Packs $19.50  

Grey Dun Variants

Here's a variant color pattern that has a mix of every shade of grey dun from light to dark.

I'm offering these in packs of feathers that will tie either 25 or 100 flies. Not 25 or 100 feathers. The hook size is a mixture of 12's down to 16's.

If you're looking for other sizes or colors, visit my page; Whiting 100 Packs.

 

 

 

25 Pack / $7.50

 

 

100 Pack / $19.50

 

 

 

 

 
     
Whiting Hackle - 100 Packs $19.50  

Barred Ginger Variant

Here's a variant color pattern that has a mix of every shade of barred ginger from light to dark and even a cree feather or two.

I'm offering these in packs of feathers that will tie either 25 or 100 flies. Not 25 or 100 feathers. The hook size is a mixture of 14's and 16's.

If you're looking for other sizes or colors, visit my page; Whiting 100 Packs.

 

 

 

25 Pack / $7.50

 

 

100 Pack / $19.50

 

 

 

 

 
     
Whiting Grizzly Rooster Saddles $75.00  

Barred Ginger Splash

Here's a barred ginger with some flashing that creates a splash effect.

Long feathers that tie 12's and 14's make this a very unique pelt.

 

Whiting Saddle / $75

 

 

 

 

 
     
Whiting American Hen Saddle $35.00  

Black Laced Brown Speckled

The brown speckling gives this feather a grousey look. It is one of my favorite variant colors, each one just a bit different than the next.

This one is especially nice in that the black lacing on the edges is not so thick that it overwelms the brown in the feather.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

American Hen Saddle / $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
Woolly Bugger Cape $30.00  

Black Splash dyed Red

This is a variant from the Rangeley streamer line that Whiting is developing. There was some white flashing in the feathers so it was dyed red to give the effect of blood.

 

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

Bugger Cape / $30

 
 

     
Hebert / Miner High-Grade Cape $120.00  

Honey Dun Variant

This is a cape out of my personal collection. In a ay I hope it doesn't sell. It's too nice!

 

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

High-Grade Cape / $120

 

 

 

 
     
Whiting Hen Saddle $25.00  

Variant

I really don't know just how to describe this one. It's not ginger, its not brown, and the barring is different form your traditional grizzly.

So I'll just call it a variant. If you buy it, you'll have to come up with a name I guess.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

Whiting Hen Saddle / $25

 
 

     
Darbee Rooster Saddle $45.00  

Barred Dun Splash

Here's an example where the flashing gene went wild. I thought about dying this but it looks too nice natural.

 

Darbee Rooster Saddle / $45

 

 

 

 

 
     
Darbee Dry Fly 1/2 Cape $25.00  

Dun Grizzly Variant

Bred for countless generations for just the right shade of dun, this is especially nice with the grizzly mixed in.

This is an old line, you'll find nothing better anywhere for tying catskill style flies.

The Darbee gene line is know for throwing some interesting variants. To see the colors available, please visit; Darbee Duns.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

Darbee 1/2 Cape / $25

 

 

 

 

 
     
American Rooster Saddle $50.00  

Black Laced Variant

Whiting's American line has been bred for wide webby feathers for streamer patterns and large buggers.

This is one of the most unique variants I've seen that has come out of that line.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

American Rooster Saddle / $50

 


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Darbee Rooster Cape $21.00  

Dun tipped Ginger

Here's an interesting variant where the mail part of the feather is a dark ginger but the base and tip are a grey dun.

The Darbee gene line is know for throwing some interesting variants. To see the colors available, please visit; Darbee Duns.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

Darbee Rooster Cape / $45

 


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Whiting Hen Cape $35.00  

Broken Badger with Brown

The presence of the grizzly gene here is what creates the broken badger effect.

These inconsistent color patterns is what gives your finished fly a natural look.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

Whiting Hen Cape / $35

 


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Whiting American Hen Saddles $45.00  

Tan Dun

The feathers on these American hen saddles are large, wide, and webby. This color pattern is one of a kind, nothing I've seen before.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

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American Hen Saddle / $45

 


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Whiting Hen Saddle $30.00  

Tan

This is the most interesting natural shade of tan I've seen in a hen feather. Most of the tan saddles I get are dyed because the birds just don't produce this color. This is a rare one.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

Whiting Hen Saddle / $30

 


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Whiting Bugger Cape $35.00  

Barred Ginger Variant

The feathers on this cape could be used for either buggers or streamer patterns. the feathers are long and webby, perfect for either.

The interesting thing is the color.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

Bugger Cape / $35

 


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Whiting American Rooster Cape $37.50  

White Laced Black

This is the first I've seen of this color pattern. As you can see in the picture, the lacing is white and the center of the feather is black.

As you move down the cape, the colrs switch back to the black lacing with the white center.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

American Rooster Cape / $37.50

 


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Coq de Leon Rooster Saddles $50.00  

Silver Variant

This is ony the second variant I've come accross to be thrown from the Coq de Leon gene pool. They have been bred so long that for the most part the variants have been bred out.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

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Coq de Leon Rooster Saddle / $50

 


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Darbee Dry Fly Rooster Cape $75.00  

Blue Dun Cree

Most every fly tyer has seen a cree. But a cree where the barring is a blue dun is a rare find.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

Darbee Rooster Cape / $75

 


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Whiting American Rooster Cape $35.00  

Black tipped Silver

This variant came out of the black laced white line. As you can see the black is only on the tip of each feather. The pigment is absent on the rest.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

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American Rooster Cape / $35

 


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Whiting American Rooster Cape $30.00  

Indian Cock NeckDark Laced Variant

Now here's a color you won't find just anywhere.

Not sure what pattern calls for such uniquely marked feather, but you'll have to agree, this is one of a kind.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

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American Rooster - $30.00

 

 

 

 

 


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Darbee Rooster Cape $95.00  

Dark Cree

Just a shade too dark to be considered a standard cree, this is a beautiful color pattern non the less.

More of a collector piece than for tying, this one will go fast.

 

***This is a unique item. The cape in the picture is the exact one you will receive.

 

And as always, FREE SHIPPING

 

 

Darbee Rooster Cape / $95

 


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Today's Hackle Growers

 

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metz feathers

Stiff barbs, flexible stems and small sizes, these capes deserve a second look!.

 

$56

 

 

 

<dry fly hackle>

The barring is slightly cleaner but the feathers are shorter.

 

$45

 

 

 

<dry fly hackle>

Tiers like these for their stiff fibers, but the feathers are not as long.

 

$45

 

 

 

<dry fly hackle>

Great for catskill style paterns, Collins has a stron following.

 

$55

 

 



 

The 5 Core Colors in Fly Tying

 

Grizzly

 

 

Brown

 

 

Medium Blue Dun

 

 

Cream

 

 

Black

 

 

Adams combo set

 

 

 

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Must have feathers for
tying Dry Fly patterns

 

 

Hackle

 

Whiting Dry Fly Saddles

 


Whiting Hackle

100 Packs

 


Cape Tops

 


Darbee Duns

 

 

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

 

 

Is this Cree too?

Dark Barred Ginger - not cree, notice the lack of the black barring?

 



Five Core Colors

 

 

Adams Combo Set

 

 

Dry Fly Patterns





 

 

 

Whiting Hackle Gauge

 

 

 

laced variant

 

 

flashing



ginger variant

 


cree variant

 

 

dun griz variant

 

 

beatle green

 


golden badger variant

 

 

brown dun

 

 

grizzly variant

 

 

 

black laced variant

 

 

dk ashy grizzly

 

 

badger variant

 

 

dk dun grizzly variant

 

 

furnace

 

 

 

ginger variant

 

 

cree variant