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    Default Dry fly cape or saddle hackle

    Hi guys
    I'm in the market for new grizzly hackle and can't decide between getting a cape or saddle. I tend to tie flies size 16 down to 20 and smaller. I think from a saddle i'll be able to get more flies, with a cape i get more value and also a lot of wastage with the residual larger feathers i don't use. Some advice would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shector View Post
    Hi guys
    I'm in the market for new grizzly hackle and can't decide between getting a cape or saddle. I tend to tie flies size 16 down to 20 and smaller. I think from a saddle i'll be able to get more flies, with a cape i get more value and also a lot of wastage with the residual larger feathers i don't use. Some advice would be appreciated.
    I think I worked out the solution a few years ago.
    NOTE - you cannot beat Whiting products.

    *IF* you don't have the colour already in a quality CAPE, get the cape (or rather a 1/2 Cape). This will allow you to tie up all the normal fly sizes you fish, as well as bigger/smaller flies, plus you get spade hackles for tails and bugger options as well.

    If you do have the colour already in a quality CAPE, but are now running out of your most popular sizes, get a quality 1/2 SADDLE in those sizes. This will fill in the gaps left (literally) in your cape.

    Since the quality of modern capes/saddles is improving all the time, a current BRONZE is as good/better than a SILVER from 3-5 years ago. Just get Bronze.
    This is also why you want a 1/2 cape or saddle - the full one will last too long.

    Also rather than get plain colours (black/brown/dun), rather get a grizzly DYED black/brown/dun - dyed-grizzly feathers still show some barring = illusion of movement = buggier flies.
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    Thanks Gary
    I have a grizzly cape (not Whiting) with all the smaller hackles are used. So here's what I think i'm gonna do, I think I should get a half a Whiting cape and abuse it till all the smaller feathers are used, then switch to a Whiting saddle

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    Quote Originally Posted by shector View Post
    Thanks Gary
    I have a grizzly cape (not Whiting) with all the smaller hackles are used. So here's what I think i'm gonna do, I think I should get a half a Whiting cape and abuse it till all the smaller feathers are used, then switch to a Whiting saddle
    Perfect plan.

    Try find a salt/stillwater angler to buy your old (non-Whiting) cape for ~ 50 bucks. This can offset the Whiting 1/2 cape.
    I have even gone so far in the past as to swop the upper 1/2 of my capes with such anglers for the bottom 1/3 of theirs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GGY View Post
    I have even gone so far in the past as to swop the upper 1/2 of my capes with such anglers for the bottom 1/3 of theirs.
    Solid transaction, that

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    have a look at some of the Indian capes.
    super value for money, with lots of different sizes and colors floating around
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    Quote Originally Posted by Korrie View Post
    have a look at some of the Indian capes.
    super value for money, with lots of different sizes and colors floating around
    Ek skiet daai Mynahs - dye daai vere sommer met teesakkies

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