Domestic Cock and Hen Hackles

Hackle feathers from the domestic cock and hen are by far the most commonly used wound-on hackles.

Cock hackles may be used either for wet or dry flies, depending on the pattern. They are long, thin, and pointed.

Stiff and shiny cock hackles are best for dry flies, and the softer, duller ones for wet flies.

Hen hackles are used only for wet flies. They are shorter, wider, more rounded, and (because of the "web" - the dull center of the hen feather) much softer than cock hackles. The smallest hen hackles consist almost entirely of web and are especially suitable for wet flies because of the way that the soft hackle fibers move in the water.

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