Top 6 Commonly Used Hen Neck Colors?

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Re: Top 6 Commonly Used Hen Neck Colors?

Post by Old Hat » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:16 am

I believe he does Ron. Not a better deal going anywhere.
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Re: Top 6 Commonly Used Hen Neck Colors?

Post by RickA » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:24 am

Old Hat wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:16 am
I believe he does Ron. Not a better deal going anywhere.
I'll second that, and yes, he does include the saddle.
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Re: Top 6 Commonly Used Hen Neck Colors?

Post by FlyFisherMann1955 » Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:27 pm

Ray,

Here is my first shot at trying out the hen necks from Charlie Collins. These are all tied on size 14 1XL hooks.
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Tag & ribbing: XS Ultra Wire - Copper
Body: 2 strands of peacock (Wrapped together)
Hackle: Furnace (3 turns)
Thread: Uni 8/0 - Orange
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Tail: Medium Dun Hackle
Body: Olive hare's ear spun on olive Pearsall's Gossamer
Hackle:Medium Dun (3 turns)
Head: Peacock (very fine, 3 turns)
Thread: Uni 8/0 - Olive
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Under body: Mirage Tinsel (Medium) - Opal
Over body: Vinyl Round Rib (Medium) - Amber
Thorax: Peacock (6 turns)
Hackle: Ginger (3 turns)
Thread: Sheer 14/0 - Black
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Tail: Wood Duck
Body: Hare's ear & muskrat blend spun on Golden olive Pearsall's
Hackle: Badger (3 turns)
Thread: Orvis 6/0 - Brown

I tied the hackle in first on each fly, extending out over the eye. When it was time to wrap them, I pulled them straight up and wrapped them forward. I liked the way these hackles wrapped, without twisting and I think they lay back nicely. Is 3 turns 1 too many? The badger hackle resulted in a nice 2-tone effect (when you look from the front). It's not as noticeable with the furnace as I had hoped!

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Re: Top 6 Commonly Used Hen Neck Colors?

Post by Roadkill » Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:56 pm

Those are all fish catchers, start filling the boxes and hit the water! :)
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Re: Top 6 Commonly Used Hen Neck Colors?

Post by letumgo » Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:35 am

Those are all lovely flies and deadly looking fishing flies.

I like your hackle density. If you want a more cone shaped collar, try folding the hackle fibers before wrapping. Or simply pinch the fibers into submission after finishing the fly. The hackle fibers are quite malleable and can be “trained”.

Thanks for sharing these with us.
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Re: Top 6 Commonly Used Hen Neck Colors?

Post by Theroe » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:28 am

letumgo wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:35 am
Those are all lovely flies and deadly looking fishing flies.

I like your hackle density. If you want a more cone shaped collar, try folding the hackle fibers before wrapping. Or simply pinch the fibers into submission after finishing the fly. The hackle fibers are quite malleable and can be “trained”.

Thanks for sharing these with us.
or, Scotch tie!!!!!
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