Whiting Spey Hackle
Whiting Spey Hackle in-stock, no sales tax - ship free over $50.
Whiting Spey Hackle is in extremely short supply and limited to stock on hand.
Call for available colors and grades before ordering.
Most colors are unavailable until further notice.
Spey and Dee flies demand a unique type of feather to create their swept back profiles and flowing movement in swift water. Initially “Spey Cock” feathers from special roosters of the Spey River Valley in Scotland; from which both fly and chicken derived their name, provided ideal feathers to tie Spey and Dee flies. But the already obscure Spey Cock stock dwindled into oblivion in the early 20th century, or at least their numbers became insufficient to perpetuate this specific line of fowl. Furthermore, the use of feathers from various European and Asian Heron species came into vogue in Spey, Dee and other Salmon flies, de-emphasizing the use of Spey Cock feathers which probably also contributed to their demise. With the advent of legal protection of Heron species, especially in North America, the search for suitable substitutes for Heron feathers led to a number of other species and types of feathers being tried. Particular Heron substitutes have included rooster schlappen, Ring-Necked Pheasant and Blue Eared Pheasant “rump” (saddle) feathers, bleached goose shoulder and various
duck flank feathers. All these substitutes have been
used with varying success and are in themselves a testament to the
ingenuity and creativity of Spey fly tiers. But what worked best; Spey Cock and Heron, was what was actually
sought, not the substitute. With Heron feathers illegal to use, and Spey Cock essentially extinct,
and their various substitutes being just that
- substitutes, Whiting Farms set out to create feathers for Spey, Dee
and Salmon flies on a chicken that were not only as good as Heron
or Spey Cock, but hopefully superior. So in the mid 1990’s Tom Whiting, founder and owner of
Whiting Farms, embarked on creating a unique line of fowl good enough to
completely replace, and hopefully even improve upon, Heron and Spey
Cock feathers. Instigating a number of genetic avenues, development proceeded towards a
“genetic” Spey Hackle, which then became available after about 5
years of initial selection work. Feather characteristics sought
included long, substantial barbs, absence of any webbing between
the barbs, non brittleness of the entire feather and excellent density for good value.
In addition to a pure white, which is ideal for dying, an array of other
color and pattern genes were incorporated into this “genetic” Spey hackle stock. Thus
new and unusual feather colors and patterns would be available to
encourage the inherent creativity of fly tiers. - Copied from: Whiting
Farms web site.-
|61201008||Whiting Silver Grade Spey Hackle Neck, Black||Unavailable|
|61201023||Whiting Silver Grade Spey Hackle Neck, Heron Gray||Unavailable|
|61201202||Whiting Silver Grade Spey Hackle Neck, Pale Orange||Unavailable|
|61201251||Whiting Silver Grade Spey Hackle Neck, Orange||Unavailable|
|61201253||Whiting Silver Grade Spey Hackle Neck, Pink||Unavailable|
|61201254||Whiting Silver Grade Spey Hackle Neck, Purple||Unavailable|
|61201257||Whiting Silver Grade Spey Hackle Neck, Silver Doctor Blue||Unavailable|
|61201266||Whiting Silver Grade Spey Hackle Neck, Claret||Unavailable|
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