There's nothing better than being prepared; when the midges hatch, make sure you've got some Grizzly in your fly box. Spirit River's Grizzly Necks are the premium choice in all-natural capes available on today's market. Grizzly is harvested from the Plymouth Rock rooster and has a distinctive black and white striping. Grizzly hackle will produce fantastic wings, legs, and abdomens in dry flies. Spirit River Grizzly Necks are available in natural and dyed colors.
Spirit River's Grizzly Necks are the premium choice in all-natural Grizzly hackle. Harvested from the Plymouth Rock rooster, these choice necks bear a distinctive black and white striping. They are tremendous for neat hackle collars and many winging applications. These grizzly necks are also an excellent material for tying legs in many nymph patterns. Spirit River Grizzly Necks are available in red, purple, olive, natural, fluorescent orange, chartreuse, and brown colors. Tie up some grizzly hackle wings and get to the river!
- All-natural Grizzly hackle
- Taken from Plymouth Rock Rooster
- Black and white striping
- Excellent for both dry flies and nymph patterns
- Colors: red, purple, olive, natural, fluorescent orange, chartreuse, and brown
- Bead Head Cased Caddis
- Hatching Midge
Leland on Grizzly Necks
Grizzly necks are harvested from the Plymouth Rock rooster and display a distinctive and highly recognizable black and white striping. The Plymouth Rock rooster is thought to have originated as a distinct breed in Massachusetts around 1849 and became a standard breed in 1874. Since then, these roosters have been providing an extremely important material to fly tyers across America and now the world. This material is traditionally used to produce perfect and attractive hackle collars on many dry fly patterns, but can also be used to create natural legs and abdomens. Grizzly neck feathers are an effective addition to a range of artificial fly patterns in both natural and dyed colors.
Leland on Hackle
Technically, hackle refers to another group of feather, but for the fly tyer, hackle truly encompasses a world of its own. Hackle is taken from both roosters and hens and these feathers are found on two different parts of the bird. "Saddle" hackle is found on the backside of the bird, while a hackle "cape" consists of the neck and shoulders of the bird.
Traditionally, hackle techniques have been more important to those interested in tying and fishing dry flies because of a hackle collar's ability to render a fly more buoyant. Both cape and saddle hackle can be useful for tyers interested in creating this effect. However, there are a host of wet fly patterns that require hackle as well. This wet-hackle is usually taken from the saddle of a hen which contains a great number of shorter, more thickly webbed feathers. These feathers are commonly referred to as "schlappen," and many Spey patterns also require this type of webbed hackle feather.
Always consider the structural properties of the hackle you select. Dry fly hackle should be stiff and strong to support the fly and assist with flotation. Wet fly hackle must be heavily webbed and will give the fly better movement and water absorption when the fly is actually fished.
Leland on Spirit River
Since 1990, Spirit River, Inc. has been providing quality, service, and innovation to the fly tying industry. Continually offering creative new products of the highest quality and application, Spirit River, Inc. pushes the envelope in fly tying each and every season. Flies tied with Spirit River's unique materials turn up extremely productive results cast after cast and the superb quality of Spirit River's entire line of fly tying materials will help any fly tyer confidently create or execute any type of artificial fly pattern on the planet. For simply the very best in both classic and modern fly tying materials, choose Spirit River, Inc.
Spirit River on Grizzly Necks
"Big and beautiful ... these capes are the perfect choice for a variety of feather-winged bass and saltwater patterns."
Spirit River on Spirit River
"Since our birth in 1990, Spirit River, Inc has been striving to fulfill the needs of fly anglers and tyers alike. We work hard to provide high quality, exciting and innovative materials along with premium quality industry standard products. We want to make a difference.
It is our ultimate goal to supply the world with fly tying materials that stimulate your imagination and stir your fly fishing soul. It is this goal that has made Sprit River lead the way in new product ideas and produce ground-breaking products that have set us apart and made us a true leader in the fly tying industry."