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Fly Tying Hackle Feathers can be a complex and complete subject in themselves. Hackle feathers are used on a fly to create movement or when a bug like hair appearance is desired. They can be used to imitate legs, wings, ect... The life like motion of hackle feathers when in the water is hard to duplicate with synthetic fibers.

SPEY FLY HACKLE FEATHERS
When talking about the subject of hackle an often overlooked and forgotten category are spey fly hackles. Spey fly hackle could be in a separate category, but are
technically wet fly hackle. Spey fly hackle have long, soft and flowing barbs that most often imitate legs or antennae and tend to be the major feature on the fly. Traditional Spey and Dee flies used spey cock hackle feathers, which are now extinct. Herons and eagles then became a popular substitute, but are now protected under the endangered species act. Blue eared pheasant spey hackle feathers are most often used these days.

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Blue Eared Pheasant Skin
You could probably find a skin for
around $100. The best grade skins
will cost a little more.

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Blue Eared Pheasant Spey Fly Feathers

BLUE EARED PHEASANT FEATHERS
The most popular available spey fly hackle might be Blue Eared Pheasant, but there are many other feathers that have the desired properties. Rump feathers from a ring neck pheasant or golden pheasant can be used and are easy to obtain at reasonable prices.
Schlappen or marabou can sometimes be used with good success. An important consideration when deciding what feathers to use on a spey fly will be the length and resistance of the barbs to marry together. The diameter and taper of the feather stem is also important. You want feathers with slender stems or they can create a bump when tied on the fly.

Blue Eared Pheasant
Blue Eared Pheasant Feather
The long wispy barbs are
ideal hackle for spey flies

Commercial blue eared pheasants are farmed raised and most fly tying shops will have a couple packages or they should be easy to order. The feathers can be dyed a variety of colors. They are usually sorted by length from small, medium and large. Most blue eared pheasant spey feathers sold at your local fly tying shop will be good, but just average quality. Prices can be a little expensive and will be reflective of the feather quality and barb length.

Golden Pheasant Skin
Golden Pheasant Skin

GOLDEN PHEASANT
Golden Pheasant Rump Feathers have barbs that are translucent. They can be used with spider patterns or spey and dee flies. The barbs are not nearly as long as blue ears pheasant and would be used in conjunction with smaller flies and hook sizes We have seen them package separately, but most likely you will need to buy a complete skin. There are a limited number of usable spey fly feathers on a
complete golden pheasant skin, but the prices are reasonable, especially when considering the tippets and other great feathers that are included.

Golden Pheasant Spey Fly Feathers
Golden Pheasant Spey Fly Feathers

Golden Pheasant Spey Fly Feathers
Golden Pheasant Rump Spey Fly Feathers
The yellow golden pheasant spey fly feathers
are from the rump area. They have shorter barbs
than the red breast feathers.

Ringneck Pheasant Rump Feather
Ringneck Pheasant Rump Feathers that
could be used for tying small spey flies.

RINGNECK PHEASANT FEATHERS
A ringneck pheasant skin or rump patch will have a limited number of feathers that are suited for spey flies. Complete skins are reasonably priced and offer the best selection.

Schlappen Feathet
Schlappen Hackle Feather
The downy barbs towards the base of the
stem have been stripped away.

SCHLAPPEN HACKLE FEATHERS
Schlappen feathers can have fairly long barbs and could
be used for spey fly hackle on small or medium size spey flies, but they tend to be more clumpy when in the water. To help achieve the desired effect of spey fly hackle, burning the feathers with beach will prevent the barb hooklets from marrying together, thus eliminating the clumpy effect associated with schlappen. Also stripping the barbs from one side of the feather stem can help create a better spey fly hackle effect.

MISCELLANEOUS SPY FLY FEATHERS
There are many exotic feathers and you can definitely find spey hackle on more than one species of birds. Some high quality generic chicken hackle can have some long, stiff barbs. Burning the barbs on a feather as mentioned above, will help prevent them from marrying together.

A great article about spey fly hackle
flyanglersonline.com
Written by Ronn Lucas Sr and worth the time to read

Another great spey fly hackle article
globalflyfisher.com

Hackle Pliers
Pair of basic hackle pliers
with non-skid jaws

HACKLE PLIERS
There are people who never use hackle pliers but most fly tiers will have a pair and put them to good use.

ANATOMY OF A FEATHER
Detailed description of a feather.

FEATHER CARE AND STORAGE
General overview concerning the cleaning and storage of feathers.

When buying complete bird skins, the skin should be stretched flat and scrapped clean of any residue.

Commercially available bird skins and feathers bought in a fly tying shop will be clean and have uniform color when dyed. If acquiring bird skins and feathers from other sources then precautions should to be taken to avoid insects or other pests that could infest your fly tying supplies.

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