Whiting Rangeley Streamer Capes
Some of the most spectacular roosters I've seen have been on friends farms, strutting around like they own the place. So it stand to reason that such beautiful feathers would have a place in fly tying.
What makes many of these birds interesting is that they are a mix of many breeds. Every size, shape and color, no two are the same.
Carrie Stevens tying style
It is widely believed that all domestic breeds of chickens are descended from red junglefowl. However, take a look at this buff laced polish frizzle and you might find that hard to believe. Just how could these genes be hidden away in a bird that for the most part looks like the bird above? You might ask, what else is possible?
Early poultrymen in the New World blended the European and Asiatic races of fowls to create the Plymouth Rock, the ideal of a general purpose fowl; the Wyandotte, an earlier maturing bird of the same type; the American Leghorn, the most popular laying type; and the Rhode Island Red, the most popular dual purpose fowl, prized for its brown egg productions and a favorite for the table.
$25These are earth tone colors, all natural, just as they come off the bird. Scroll over the thumbnails to swap the image on the left or click on a thumbnail to open a window for a larger image.
Back in the late 50's, Henry Hoffman attended one of these shows and selected a pair of Barred Rock Bantams that would become the genetic foundation for the dry fly hackle of today.
on the farm
barred rock bantam hen
Modern Game Bantam
Siver Spangled Hamburg
Barred Rock Chicks
Golden Spangled Hen
Black Minorka Bantam