This just in: Webby wet flies catch more steelhead! Spirit River Schlappen Hackle is a feather taken from the saddle of a common or low-pedigree hen. These feathers are between 6 and 8 inches long, are extremely webby, and will fill out any wet fly or streamer with rich texture, profile, and movement. This material will do wonders for your Wooly Buggers, and these rich feathers will also provide yet another solid substitute for blue heron in many Spey recipes. Spirit River Schlappen Hackle is available in a range of assorted colors.
Spirit River Schlappen Hackle is an excellent all-natural hackle material. These heavily webbed fibers are harvested from hen saddles and are excellent for tying salmon flies, steelhead and Spey patterns, as well as an array of saltwater flies. Spirit River Schlappen Hackle is available in white, red, purple, olive, hot pink, hot orange, grey, and fluorescent chartreuse colors. This material will thicken up any wet fly you can imagine!
- Heavily webbed schlappen fibers
- Harvested from hen saddles
- Excellent for salmon, steelhead, Spey, and saltwater flies
- Colors: white, red, purple, olive, hot pink, hot orange, grey, and fluorescent chartreuse
- Lefty's Deceiver
- Fall Favorite
Leland on Schlappen
Schlappen hackle is aptly named from the German schlappen, meaning "floppy" or "baggy." These hackle feathers are both soft and baggy and are often used to construct outrageous feather boas and outlandish Halloween costumes. But these heavily webbed, ultra soft feathers harvested from hen saddles are perfect for steelhead, salmon, and saltwater fly patterns as well! Schlappen hackle can serve as an excellent substitute for blue heron in many Spey patterns and will put the "Wooly" in any of your Buggers. Create thick and attractive Atlantic salmon flies with this material and spice up any of your favorite streamers - tarpon and stripers, beware!
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 floatation. 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
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Spirit River on Schlappen
"6 in. - 8 in. long webby hackles that are just the ticket for salmon/steelhead wets, Spey patterns, and saltwater flies."
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."