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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by MCC View Post
    Dizzy

    The best value for money is propably the Whiting Super Saddles. You can get half a saddle in Bronze grade for about R 250. This cape will tie thousands of # 14 and #16 flies. The cape will also have quite a few # 18 feathers.

    Cheers
    MC
    Whiting list their products grading very carefully
    http://www.whitingfarms.com/articles/grading.html

    Possibly even better than the standard 1/2 saddle in Bronze (best for flies #12-16) would be a Whiting SIZED 1/4 saddle (14 & smaller).
    These provide feathers form #14-18 reliably and while 2 of them would be slightly more expensive than a 1/2 saddle, you have two coloursa to choose from, in addition to the fact that in a couple of years time, you will be able to buy even better hackle, so why buy too much up front?

    While Chad (Blue Water Flies) does bring in 1/2 saddles (and sized 100 packs), I don't know if he brings in sized 1/4 saddles...

    Gary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkieser View Post
    has anybody tried the conranch hackles: http://www.conranch.com/

    They probably wont be available locally but i think you can order them from the website. The americans seem to rate these capes.
    Grant, I got some Conranch Capes about 3 years ago, and they are superb!!! The colours on the Badger and Cree capes I got are so vibrant that I feel sorry when I mess up a fly when I use them!
    Mario Geldenhuys
    Smallstream fanatic, plus I do some other things that I can't tell you about

    "All the tips or magical insights in the world can't replace devotion, dedication, commitment, and gumption - and there is not secret in that" - Glenn Brackett

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    Thanks Mario,

    Which grade did you get?
    "So hereís my point. Donít go and get your ego all out of proportion because you can tie a fly and catch a fish thatís dumb enough to eat a car key.." - Louis Cahill - Gink and Gasoline

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    Hi guys, I just want your opinions on something. What three colours of hackle is "crucial" to have in your fly tying cupboard. Apart from grizly and brown

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    For me, light dun, dark dun & cream.
    Mike Mitchley

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