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Whiting Hen Capes

Soft hackle has seen a huge resurgence in popularity. When I go to shows, it is no longer uncomon to sell more soft hakle than dry fly.

The soft webby quality of hen feathers quickly absorbs water, keeping your fly below the surface.

This line of hen is smaller and has long slender feathers in the neck. If you're looking for a larger, wider feather, check out the hens from my saltwater line.

Whiting Soft Hackle Hen Lines - Cape or Saddle?

soft hackleHen capes offer the widest choice in sizes and colors . The feathers are long and narrow yet soft. One of the benefits of a hen cape is that the smaller sizes on the top of the neck have a stem long enough to give you a few wraps - even on the smallest of flys.

Hen Saddles on the other hand are a larger feather with rounded tips and a bit softer. Generally, you will only find a few sizes on a saddle. The fiber lengh is longer and a bit heavier than neck feather and when used as a collar, it gives the fly a nice full look. To see the full selection, please visit; Whiting Hen Saddles.

*Many old soft-hackle patterns call for material no longer available. Species such as snipe and plover are protected under US Fish and Wildlife laws. The good news is that these hens offer a wide range of colors and fiber lengh perfect for tying these flies.


 

whiting hen hackleWhiting Farms Soft Hackle Hen Capes

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.

 

***To see other Whiting Soft Hackle products, please visit; Whiting Hen Saddles and Whiting Soft Hackle with Chickabou.

 

    Grizzly - Natural and dyed colors  
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Natural and Dyed Grizzly

Whiting Hebert light dark dun light dun bleached
olive gold olive brown golden br brnt org claret dyed dun

High Visability Colors

red yellow orange chartruese hot pink purple kingfisher

 

 

Whiting Hen Cape / $25

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    Browns - Natural & Dyed  
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Naturals

brown cream ginger dk ginger lt ginger dk brown dyed brn
barred ginger dark barred light barred wild type furnace greenwell ginger variant

 

 

Whiting Hen Cape / $25

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    Duns - Blue, Grey, & Brown  
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Blue Duns

blue lt blue dk blue speckled dk spec lt barred splash

Grey Duns

grey light dark charcoal barred splash dk splash

Brown Duns

brown lt brown dk brown pwd splash honey dun rusty dun

 

 

Whiting Hen Cape / $25

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    Solid Colors - Natural & Dyed  
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Natural Colors

white black dyed olive lt olive gold olive br olive
brown gold br tan burnt org copper claret salmon

High Visability Colors

red yellow orange chartreuse kingfisher purple hot pink

 

 

 

Whiting Hen Cape / $25

To order, select a color;

 



 

 

    Badgers  
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Badgers

silver golden dun light dun broken badger silver speckled golden speckled

 

 

Whiting Hen Cape / $25

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whiting hen hackleWhiting "4B" Hen Capes

"Big Beautiful Bargain Birds" is the newest line of soft hackle hen feathers that Dr. Whiting has been working to develop. His aim is to produce a much larger soft and webby feather.

 

 

    Natural & Dyed  
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Large webby soft hackle

olive black brown ginger greenwell silver s-n-p
grizzly br griz olive griz g olive burnt org white grey dun

 

 

Whiting 4B Hen Cape / $20

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Coq de Leon Hen Capes

The mixture of browns and tans give your fly a natural buggy look. The larger feathers on these hen capes are ideal for scalpen patterns. Dick Talluer perfected the technique of tying these long wide feathers in matuka style.

 

***To compare with other Coq de Leon Hen products, please visit; Whiting Hen Saddles and Whiting Soft Hackle with Chickabou. To see the full line, please visit; Coq de Leon.

 

    Coq de Leon  
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Natural and Dyed Colors

brown speckled silver speckled dark speckled dun rubio black white
olive brown golden olive golden brown claret burnt orange copper

 

Coq de Leon Hen Cape / $27.50

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dry fly hackleWhiting Brahma Hen Capes

Here is the perfect silver badger. Soft hackle flies with a false thorax are deadly in the water. The feathers are small, perfect for the smallest soft hackle patterns.

 

***To compare with other Brahma Hen products, please visit; Whiting Hen Saddles and Whiting Soft Hackle with Chickabou. To see the full line, please visit; Brahma Hen.

 

    Whiting Brahma Hen Capes  
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The perfect silver badger.

natural olive golden olive brown golden brown golden straw burnt orange

 

Brahma Hen Cape / $20.00

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dry fly hackleWhiting American Hen Capes

This line is unique in that these birds have been selected for wide, webby, sturdy feathers with rounded tips. A favorite among warm water fly tyers, these feathers coe in a wide selection of colors.

 

***To compare with other American Hen products, please visit; Whiting Hen Saddles. To see the full line, please visit; Whiting American Hen Hackle.

 

    American Hen Capes - Grizzly  
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Natural Colors

grizzly light dark speckled variant muddy bleached
olive gold olive dk olive brown gold br burnt org cree

High Visability Colors

red yellow orange chartreuse kingfisher purple hot pink

 

Whiting American Hen Cape / $25

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***To compare with other American Hen products, please visit; Whiting Hen Saddles. To see the full line, please visit; Whiting American Hen Hackle.

 

    American Hen Capes - Solid  
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Natural Colors

white black blue dun lt grey grey pwd charcoal
olive brown gld olive lt brown burnt org beatle gr brassy

High Visability Colors

red yellow orange chartreuse floral highlander peach
kingfisher silver doc hot pink soft pink magenta purple lavender

 

Whiting American Hen Cape / $25

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***To compare with other American Hen products, please visit; Whiting Hen Saddles. To see the full line, please visit; Whiting American Hen Hackle.

 

    American Hen Capes - Laced  
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Natural Colors

white brown wh tipped br tipped claret g olive shrimp
ginger cream speckled lt brown dk brown silver golden

High Visability Colors

red yellow orange chartreuse floral highlaner purple
kingfisher silver doc hot pink soft pink new color new color new color

 

Whiting American Hen Cape / $30

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dry fly hackleWhiting Spey Hen Capes

More like marabou on a stem, the feathers on these hen capes are unique to saltwater patterns. Check out the shrimp patterns on google to see just how useful feather this is.

 

***To see other Whiting Spey Hen products, please visit; Whiting Hen Saddles and Whiting Soft Hackle with Chickabou, or Whiting Spey Hackle.

 

    Spey Hen Capes  
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Check the drop-down menu for availability. Please call for colors not listed.

Natural and Dyed Colors

grizzly brown ginger cream golden silver dk silver
black blue dun white claret olive g olive salmon

High Visability Colors

red yellow orange chartreuse kingfisher pink purple

 

Whiting Spey Hen Cape / $30.00

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Mayfly Winger feathers 4 for $15.00  

Mayfly Winger Feathers

Many people ask "what is the best feather to use for tying wings on my dry flies?"

Years ago, tyers were able to use hen necks. However, with hackle growers breeding for smaller and smaller hackle sizes, today these feathers are too narrow and "dry-fly" like.

Well, here is a feather that works well; nice barring, web right up to the edge, and nice round tips - all making for the perfect siloette on the water.

Looking for more colors? Check out my page on Winger Feathers

 

 

 

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If you order feathers from me and not happy for some reason, please contact me right away and I will resolve the problem. I, in no way, want you to be unhappy with anything you purchase from me.

Thanks, David 608-332-4220

   



 

 

 

Whiting Soft Hackle Feather Lines

 

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hebert miner wet fly hackle

 

coq de leon

 

whiting american hackle

 

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How does Whiting compare to the other growers?

 

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metz feathers

A long time favorite among tiers for winging, these feathers have a bit more web.

 

$25

 

 

 

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The barring is slightly cleaner and the feathers a be softer.

 

$15

 

 

 

<dry fly hackle>

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

 

$20

 

 

 

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Nice soft fibers for tying wingless wet flies.

 

$15

 

 



 

Whiting Soft Hackle

Other Soft Hackle offered by Whiting Farms

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Mayfly Winger Feathers

 

Winger Patches

Webby feathers with nice round tips

 

 

Hen Saddles

Grizzly

 

Brown

 

Dun

 

 

Soft Hackle with Chickabou

4 distinct feather lines

 

Brahma

 

Coq de Leon

 

Laced


Grizzly

 


Soft Hackle Rooster Saddles


Olive

 

 

Grizzly dyed Brown

 

Grizzly

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Soft Hackle Feathers

These are some of the finest feathers for classic soft hackle patterns

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Snipe

 

 

Starling

 

 

Partridge

 

 

Woodcock

 

 


Lemon Wood Duck

 


Marabou Packs

 

 

Cul de Canard

 

 

Coq de Leon - great for legs

 

 


Golden Pheasant Tippets

 

 

Whiting Soft Hackle

 

Golden Brown