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Silver Creek 02-05-2019 07:59 AM

Great Article Even for Non Flytiers

aztightlines 02-05-2019 08:17 AM

That is a great article..those feathers, especially the saddles, are incredible.

We live in a golden age of flytying, materials are available we could scarcely dream of - natural and synthetic - back in the day of the Dettes and the Darbees in the Catskills.

Whiting combined the colors of Hebert, Hoffman and the resultant genetics are almost ridiculous - look at the length and and uniformity of size in the saddle hackles. The roosters evolved from fighting cocks, with the stiff barbs for their protection, then bred for soft, pliable quills to bend around hooks.

Roosters tend to have loud, splashy colors, rather than the subtle grey of the dun, and crees are still a rare genetic mutation, so breeding for the colors we want has to be a major challenge.

I had never seen one of the live roosters, so the video is a treat.

Zonie 02-07-2019 05:57 PM

Very fascinating look into a world I knew very little about.
I am new to fly tying, but am already familiar with some Whiting materials (and apparently I need a few more)!

Bucksnort 02-07-2019 09:43 PM

Many years ago, at a International Sportsman's Expo, one of the major feather suppliers was there. I think it was Metz. I asked the man in the booth if the chickens they raise are used for food after feathers are harvested. The answer is no. I thought perhaps they would donate the meat.

Silver Creek 02-08-2019 05:00 AM

Meat is too tough from these roosters.

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