Hen Capes

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Re: Hen Capes

Post by ForumGhillie » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:55 pm

Trifly wrote:
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Perhaps with enough searching, I will find that Collins cape the suits my style of tying as well. :D :D

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Trifly, I got a big laugh out of your photo, it was great! And I reply with one for you. :D :D
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Catskill style dry fly using a Hebert Miner Medium Brown Dun Hen Cape
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Re: Hen Capes

Post by Old Hat » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:07 pm

Thanks everyone for the input. I think the 4B's are bigger than what I am looking for. Although I may be able to tie both trout and saltwater stuff with one cape. :D

I've always preferred the Herbert Miner Whiting hens. But, I actually like the slight stiffness in them. I have some that are rather soft and some that are definitely dry fly capable. In fact, after reading some material by Shane Stalcup years ago who was a big proponent of using the genetic hens for dry flies I can't remember the last time I bought a dry fly cape. He would tie dry patterns using the hen (a little long) and with his fingers (thumbs) separate the fibers along the bottom out to the sides. The hen is soft enough that they will stay bent out like that. This makes the pattern ride a little lower and the softer hen flexes a bit as it makes contact with the water's surface. More surface contact with the hackle, no penetration into the water's surface means better flotation and a better surface impression.
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Re: Hen Capes

Post by Trifly » Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:23 am

Size 18s tyed with 4B hen.
I think I used every barbule on the quil!

The bodies are thread with different resins that I am playing with.
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Re: Hen Capes

Post by letumgo » Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:38 am

Trifly - That is really impressive! That would make a great searching/attractor pattern.

Recipe please... ;) :D
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Re: Hen Capes

Post by ForumGhillie » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:42 pm

Trifly, they look great!!
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Re: Hen Capes

Post by ForumGhillie » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:53 pm

Two new hen capes I just received from a UK fly shop. One was called light Cree. The colors and softness are perfect for my tying.
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Re: Hen Capes

Post by Boarmountain » Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:00 pm

ForumGhillie wrote:
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Collins also has some great hen capes for soft hackles. I actually prefer Collins' hen capes over most of Whiting hen capes.
Love that light barred ginger. Would be perfect for pmd's or sulphers
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Re: Hen Capes

Post by wsbailey » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:50 am

The latest issue of FF&FT has a review of Whiting BBBB Greenwell hen capes. The reviewer writes that while there are some Greenwell fly size feathers; most of the other feathers are too large.
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Re: Hen Capes

Post by DOUGSDEN » Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:02 pm

John,
The two hen capes you show above are absolutely gorgeous! I tie a favored flymph called a "Tan Flymph" which uses the hackles you feature on the left hand cape. I am slobbering over them both! A great score indeed!
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