Getting our Hackles Up!
This is from
Juan Ramirez, host of The Hopper Juan blog:
Do you know where your hackle is?
``So I have been in 3 fly shops in the last 2 days
and for some silly reason, all the colored grizzly saddle hackle is gone. What is the cause of this? Well, it
is fashionable women. It seems that the new fad is to have your hairstylist add long colored saddle hackle (known as
feathers) to the roots of the hair. It is expected to last around 2 months and you can even curl the feathers. So
in the Colorado Springs and Denver area, hairstylists have been calling and gobbling up any of the colored Whiting and Keough
saddles. They can then turn around and add these to their client’s hair for an extra $20 - $45 per style. So
it seems that these individual feathers cost the clients about $10.00 per feather.``
``Check out some of the following pictures to see
what I am talking about and the next time you need some of that saddle hackle for some Wooly Buggers and all the fly shops
are out, just remember that you might have to call up some of the hairstylists and beg for a few hackles to tie a few
Canadian wholesale supplier confirms Juan’s information, stating that he expects to receive only about half of his saddle
hackle orders this year. And these folks are not above raiding the stock of small retailers and commercial tyers. Last week
I was contacted by a woman in Calgary wanting 100 saddles, so, Canada, look out! It’s here.
Back last fall I sent a woman in Bali eight saddles
for making jewelry. We never know what’s coming next, except for one thing: it’ll be a surprise!
Our fly of the week is the wet salmon fly (and sometimes
sea-trout fly) the Green Machine, as tied by Chris Williams. Chris had a fly shop in Newfoundland for a time, where he became
an excellent all-round commercial fly tyer. His specialty is durable salmon flies with deer hair bodies, the kind most folks
find difficult to tie. The photos show examples of his fine work.
Mustad 3399A bronze TDE wet fly hook, size 4 - 6
Fluorescent chartreuse GSP, 75 Denier
Fluorescent red or green floss, with tag pulled over to increase durability
Body hackle - Coachman
brown saddle hackle, folded backward
Highlander green deer hair, spun & clipped
Fluorescent chartreuse thread finished with 2 coats of head cement.
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