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EL PATAGON


 


Three hours south of the small town of Chaiten, at
the edge of the remote Reserva Nacional Lago Rosselot, lies El Patagon:
the rustic outback brother camp of Yan Kee Way and truly one of Chile's
premier fishing lodges. Under the care of skilled American guides,
anglers float rivers so fresh and undiscovered that it will take decades
to make them legends: the Rio Rosselot, Figueroa, and Pico. Here guides
encourage you to twitch and drag your dries for emphasis and to walk
back in the woods, away from the river, to where no angler has ever
walked before. Weather permitting, anglers will have the rare
opportunity to fish for anadromous rainbows in the extremely remote
Puyuhapi National Park. Be among the first to fish these remarkably
pristine, productive dry fly waters.     

 

El Patagon Fishing:   

With multiple rivers and lakes within easy striking distance of El
Patagon Lodge, anglers have a great many options.  The main systems are
the Rio Figueroa, the Rio Rosselot, and the Rio Pico.  Anglers access
these rivers using rafts, catarafts, and jet boats.  During a typical
week at El Patagon it is not uncommon for anglers cast dries, nymphs,
streamers, and mice patterns.  I can personally recall fishing all these
methods in one day on the Rio Figueroa.  On average fish range from 14"
to 18" but it is not uncommon to see fish in the 20" to 25" range in a
week's fishing.  As far as numbers of fish are concerned we expect there
to be tough days that you will have to work hard for half a dozen fish
and we also expect there to be great days with 20 plus fish to hand with
most days falling somewhere between.

        

El Patagon Accommodation:

El Patagon is located on over 3,000 acres on the banks of the Rio
Figueroa.  The property has four well appointed cabins for guests, a 30
foot yurt for dining, a changing room for storing waders, boots and
equipment, a wood burning hot tub on the river, and a modern cook
house.  The cabins are nicely appointed and all are equipped with full
baths, ample built in storage, and wood burning stoves. 

 

El Patagon Travel:

To get to El Patagon Lodge you will need to Make travel arrangements to
Santiago, Chile and then to Puerto Montt, Chile and finally Chaiten,
Chile.  Your travel agent will be able to assist you with flights to
Puerto Montt.  The flight from Puerto Montt to Chaiten is on a small
commuter air line and we will assist you with this reservation.  You
will need to make you travel arrangements to arrive in Puerto Montt by
12:00 noon on your arrival day.  On your departure day you should
schedual your flight out of Puerto Montt after 4:00 Pm.  The majority of
flights to Chile depart the US in the evening and arrive early in the
morning at the Santiago International Airport. Upon arrival you will be
charged a $100.00 entry tax.  Domestic airport taxes are $8.00 and
departure tax is $18.50. After receiving your luggage and clearing
customs, you'll make a short 5 minute walk to the National Airport where
you'll connect with your 90 minute flight to Puerto Montt's
International Airport - El Tepual.  Your arrival will be in the late
morning or early afternoon. You'll be greeted in the Puerto Montt
airport by Yan Kee Way staff and be assisted on to your short flight to
Chaiten.  In Chaiten you will be met by El Patagon staff and then drive 3
hours to the lodge.  All itineraries begin in the afternoon of your
arrival day.

 

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:  Depart Home.

Day 2:  Arrive Santiago:    The majority of flights to Chile depart the
US in the evening and arrive early in the morning at the Santiago
International Airport. Upon arrival you will have to clear customs and
then transfer to the domestic terminal which is just 100 yards away from
the international terminal.  From the domestic terminal you will fly to
Puerto Montt. In Puerto Montt you will be greeted by a member of the
Yan Kee Way Lodge staff and be assisted on to your short flight to
Chaiten.  In Chaiten you will be met by El Patagon staff and then drive 3
hours to the lodge.  You should arrive at El Patagon Lodge at
approximately 5:00 pm

Day 3-8:  6 full days of fishing @ El Patagon Lodge         

Day 9:  10:00 am Drive from El Patagon to Chaiten.  Fly from Chaiten to
Puerto Montt.  Fly from Puerto Montt to Santiago.  Depart Santiago for
the US.

Day 10:   Arrive Home.
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Chile On The Fly: Val Atkinson & Leland in South America

 
Leland's longtime friend and famed fly fishing photographer, Val Atkinson, spent two weeks this spring in Chilean trout paradise. His photos are nothing short of stunning, capturing the epic terrain and culture that makes Chile a premier destination for anglers and adventurers alike. Spend a few minutes enjoying the best shots of his trip South and check out the links below for more of his renowned work. We might not ever make it down there to fish ourselves, but Val's photography is moving nonetheless.

Website: Val Atkinson Photography
See more of his Chilean photos: Trout Fishing in Chile
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Specifications
• Weight: 5.7 ounces
• Spool diameter: 3.500 inches
• Spool width: .750 inches
• Capacity: Standard WF 5 line plus 125 yards of 20 lb. Dacron backing or WF 6 plus 100 yards of backing
• Material: Spool, frame and foot machined from 6061-T6 cold finished
aluminum bar stock
• Drag system: Draw bar actuated cork disk
• Finish: Corrosion-resistant anodized
• Colors: High gloss black coral or non-reflective matte black, other custom colors available at an additional charge



A little history…

 
So, what’s this?? A beefy, brawny saltwater tough guy posing as a trout reel? Isn’t that a bit …well, overkill?
After all, in fly fishing, unlike conventional spinning or bait casting, we don’t actually use the reel to make the cast. In the old genteel days of trout fishing, the reel simply stored line until we’re lucky enough to hook something that took out more line than we had in our hand. I grew up using a stamped, Japanese import, then a stamped Pflueger Medalist, and finally graduated to a variety of die cast Hardy reels, the gold standard of trout reels in the early 1980’s. I treasured all of them in their time. Maybe it was the insistent buzz made by the clicker as a trout peeled off line, or maybe I felt the reel was my fishing companion, sharing in each new adventure.

Fast forward to 2007. Our “genteel” art has become, on many fronts, a slugfest. No longer are we satisfied plying our trade in bucolic settings fishing for small trout. Today, many of us travel the world seeking larger trout in New Zealand, Patagonia, and Chile. We fish the salt water flats for species such as bonefish and permit that swim much faster and pull much harder than their similarly sized freshwater cousins. Consequently, we’re harder on our tackle and have come to expect greater performance from our fly reels.

You’d think it wouldn’t take rocket science to come up with a little metal wheel with a brake that was dependable. But I’ve seen just about every brand of reel fail at one time or another. Whether it’s grit or grime, extreme heat or cold, component wear, or impact from a hard fall, if there’s a weakness, we usually find out about it exactly at the wrong time.

Enter Steve Abel. Although not a rocket scientist, he is an experienced aerospace machinist, who started selling his fly fishing reels in 1987. His motto then, and the company’s motto today is “to design and build the best, most dependable gear in the world and give world class customer service.” In the ensuing twenty years, Abel Quality Products has succeeded in carving out a niche in the increasingly competitive arena of high quality fly fishing reels and built a devoted following of end users. The latest offering from Abel is the Super 5 Narrow Large Arbor, a trout sized reel that boasts a robustness usually found only in its larger, saltwater brethren.

Features

The Abel Super 5N Fly Fishing Reel is the newest addition to the Abel Super Series, which have a large arbor design for faster line retrieve, reduced line coiling, and better drag continuity. The 5N spool, frame, and foot are cut from a solid block of 6061-T6 cold finished high molecular density aluminum. The spool and frame are aggressively ported (ventilated) to reduce weight, while maintaining great strength and rigidity. The draw bar, main shaft, pawls, and screws are machined 303 stainless steel. The drag is comprised of a large surface area, cork composite covered drag plate tightened against the inside of the aluminum spool by the draw bar. All aluminum surfaces are protected against corrosion by Abel’s proprietary hard anodizing process. The 5N is convertible to left or right hand retrieve. At 5.7 ounces, it’s relatively light considering its bombproof strength. The drag system is silky smooth, with low start up inertia, and based on a simple design that has proven itself over two decades. The spool capacity is suitable for 5 or 6 weight lines, making it ideal for large trout and small steelhead. Substituting smaller diameter gel spun backing in place of Dacron, one could pump up the backing capacity to over 150 yards for medium steelies, smaller bonefish, specks and reds. Overall, a nearly flawless, extremely rugged and reliable fly fishing reel for taking fresh and smaller saltwater species on light tackle.

• Large arbor, narrow spool design for quick line pick up

• Machined from 6061-T6 cold finished aluminum bar stock

• Impact resistant spool rim and frame

• Smooth, reliable cork-draw bar drag system

• Durable, hard anodized finish

• Custom colors, handles, and engraving available at additional charge

Materials, Fit, and Finish

Fly fishing reels machined from a solid bar of metal have the greatest rigidity and strength per weight, but in the long run, are more costly to produce than stamped, or die cast reels. Over thirty years ago, American companies such as Seamaster and Fin Nor pioneered the construction of machined fly reels, primarily for a small following of hard core salmon and saltwater fly enthusiasts. The increased popularity of fly fishing, coupled with political and economic expansion of the Far East in recent years, has led to an influx of many reasonable quality, less expensive machined imports primarily targeting entry and mid level customers. Many U.S. makers of good reels have folded under this pressure, and the majority that have remained, like Abel and Tibor, have done so by directing there efforts at top of the line products.

Although you may find some custom $2000-$10,000 titanium reel models on the Internet, aluminum is the choice for mere mortals. Abel uses 6061-T6 cold finished bar stock in all of their reels, which is the strongest, densest, most corrosion resistant aluminum for this purpose. The spool, frame and foot of the 5N Super are cut from this, and the mainshaft and drawbar from 303 stainless steel, on Computer Numerical Control lathes and mills. In fact, every machinable part in the reel is made in the Abel factory to insure utmost quality control, right down to the stainless steel screws. The only non-metal parts are the cork drag washer, a neoprene o-ring, and the laminated, sealed wood handle.

The overall weight of the reel is significantly reduced, while retaining structural integrity, by precise, aggressive porting throughout the spool and frame. All parts are hand de-burred, hand polished, cleaned and inspected and aluminum parts are protected from wear and corrosion (and colored) by Abel’s unique hard anodizing process, which penetrates and bonds to the metal. Two sealed waterproof ball bearings on the spool and one on the drag plate provide near frictionless rotation.

Abel currently employs 28 production workers and 7 support staff in their Camarillo, California facility. They offer a lifetime warranty on manufacturing defects for all their reels. Although you’re not likely to need that warranty, it’s nice to know that Abel, due to their success, will probably be around to back it up if you do.

What a drag

In a nutshell, there are two basic types of fly reel drags; the classic spring and pawl, popularized by Hardy Brothers of England well over a century ago, or one of many variations of the more modern disk drag. Most anglers, and manufacturers today overlook the click pawl, unfairly in my opinion, in favor of disks for all fly fishing. Actually, the click pawl, if well constructed, is very reliable for smaller trout and is the lightest, simplest, and least expensive to build. And as it works, it creates that sweet sound that many of us find synonymous with fly fishing.

As we seek fish that pull harder and faster and fight longer, our fly reels are progressively subjected to greater amounts of what most often kills them; heat. A disc drag slows the spool by friction, applying pressure between two or more discs, usually one on the spool and one on the frame, or within a hub mounted on the frame. A great number of variations of this seemingly simple concept are available today, each one claiming superior performance.

However, the big game fly reels that have been the most successful in landing fish over 100 pounds, and, therefore, operate smoothly and survive the greatest amounts of stress, have draw bar drags. This simple system has two center mounted disk shaped brake surfaces that meet when the spool is attached, and drag is increased as the draw bar tightens the frame against the spool through the central shaft.

Although most newer disk drag systems use synthetics such as Rulon, Delrin or carbon fiber, as the brake material, natural cork (ground and mixed with a polymer), is still considered by many to offer the best balance of durability, low start up inertia, stopping power, and adjustability. This cork composite, unlike the synthetics, is compressible, providing for its smoothness. The Abel 5N Super has the largest drag of this type of any 5 or 6 weight reel I’ve seen, and the “open” design dissipates heat rapidly into the rear of the spool and throughout the reel frame. “Closed” or completely sealed drag systems offer the advantage of low maintenance, but generally can not cool as effectively.

Cork must be lubricated occasionally to replenish its natural moisture, usually with pure neatsfoot oil. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions, as petroleum products or solvents may harm the cork, and back off the drag tension when not in use. Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of the draw bar drag is that it does not allow for quick change spools, as some disassembly is required. Choose another design if this is a priority for you.

According to the International Game Fish Association, Abel reels where used in setting the greatest number of new world records for 2006. Though you may not land a world record, you will at some point encounter that fish of a lifetime. The Abel 5N Super Large Arbor Fly Fishing Reel, with its impeccably machined strength and superb drag, is as likely as any to get the job done. 

Pros

Rugged, beautifully machined and finished trout-size reel with a very smooth and reliable drag system usually found only in larger, saltwater fly reels.

Cons

At $550, the Abel 5N Super is much more expensive than some other very serviceable trout reels and is an ounce or more heavier than others with lighter drag designs and frames. The draw bar does not allow for the convenience of quick-change spools. Open design requires occasional cleaning and lubrication.

Bottom Line

The Abel 5N Super, compared to other reels of its size, is most likely to withstand extreme conditions, and the one you’ll probably hand down to your grandchildren.

Reviewer. . .

Having been in the fly fishing industry for over 25 years as a professional guide, fly fishing school director, writer, and manufacturers sales representative, I’ve been fortunate to fish with a wide array of equipment from almost all of the top makers.

Check out the Abel Super 5N Fly Reel

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DRAGON FLY LODGE


 


Dragon Fly Lodge Fishing:

The Dragonfly Lodge fly fishing adventure
and guide service in
Patagonia, Chile caters to the expectations of both novice and
experienced anglers. We offer a flexible guide service, adapting each
fly fishing program on a daily bases to the prevailing conditions. The
diversity of water in this fishery provides many opportunities to fish
your choice of fine dries, large terrestrials, nymphs, or streamers in
both still and moving water. Of course the weather and various factors
will govern the choice of water and technique that will be the most
successful.

 

Trophy size trout lurk in all the water. A few large Browns continue to
"get away" and elude our sight!  The fishing is based on The Picacho
River which provides the only means of transportation to and from The
Dragonfly Lodge during this fly-fishing adventure in Patagonia, Chile.
The river is crystal clear under normal water conditions and full of
exciting log, gravel, riffle, big pool and tail out structures to fish.
The upper river is the nursery of the system and many young fish with
the odd large predator brown trout inhabit the upper faster water. After
the Rio Picacho merges with the Rio Roosevelt, the river is much larger
and full of healthy large resident trout. Trophy Brown and Rainbow
Trout can be found anywhere in these waters. You never know what will
strike next! This is our feature river fishery and it is very close and
easily accessible from the lodge. The prime sections of river can be
floated and fished any time throughout the week. The delta in front of
the lodge is a great place to walk and wade. Most of the fishing is done
from the boat.

 

The confluence of the Rio Picacho and the Rio Roosevelt is a very
special spot. The Rio Roosevelt crashes into the Rio Picacho over a
beautiful waterfall creating a spectacular and huge fishing hole.

 

Dry fly fishing in the river is very exciting and is usually done with a
big terrestrial. Some fine dry flies can be used to match the hatch
when the bugs are active. Streamer fishing is incredible! The fish are
very cannibalistic here. Passing a streamer down beside the shadow of a
big log can yield a huge surprise. The Browns and Rainbows of this
system are very aggressive.  The resident Brown and Rainbow Trout are
eager to investigate large terrestrials including beetles, spiders,
mice, and anything else that may fall of a cliff! Fish are often seen
stalking adult dragonflies as they cruise above the water and are eager
to demonstrate their acrobatic abilities in pursuit of them. Caddis,
small stoneflies mayflies and midges are all on the menu. Nymphs and
streamers will clean up in most situations.

 

Dragonfly Lodge Accommodation and Meals:

The Dragonfly Lodge is strategically placed to give an exclusive
fly-fishing adventure and guide service access to a vast, virgin
watershed in remote Patagonia, Chile. It is hidden amongst sheer forest,
temperate jungle, and absolute wilderness. Tracks and trails fade into
greenery with the last humble huts belonging to a handful of mountain
men, well before the latter part of your journey to The Dragonfly Lodge.
One must take to the water and follow the green depths, clear riffles
and rapids of the river as it meanders deeper into steep mountains
swathed in an impenetrable green mantle.

 

Forged of stone, steel, glass and local timber, the lodge is an
architectural masterpiece that reflects Jose and Erica Gorronos
ingenuity and commitment to providing excellence. Located where no road
or trail goes, the lodge is only accessible with our special boats.
Nestled in the Andes Mountains, the lodge is a very comfortable and an
efficient base for the weeks fly-fishing adventure. Guests will enjoy
traditional Chilean and North American cuisine and fine Chilean wines.
Come prepared to fly fish untouched waters, be awed by glaciers,
temperate rainforests and crystal clear water in the spectacular Andean
mountains in Patagonia, Chile

 

Dragonfly Lodge Climate:

The summer climate of this southernmost region of South America is
extremely changeable, and a wide range of temperatures and weather
conditions should be expected. The sun can be very strong during the
day, but the wind chill factor makes the use of protective gear
necessary all season long.

 

Dragonfly Lodge Power and Communications:

The lodge has 220 volts and takes the rounded two prong adaptors.

 


Included:


All transfers to and from Balmaceda Airport, Coyhaique,
Chile and the lodge; accommodations Sunday through Saturday morning;
daily guided fly-fishing based on two anglers sharing one guide; five
days of fly-fishing, and a fly-fishing license. All meals and liquor are
included.
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CHILE EQUIPMENT LIST


 


Early morning caddis followed by a nice PMD hatch followed
by a mess of hoppers! This is a typical day when fishing the Chilean
Mountains.  Add lake fishing, for monster browns and rainbows, to these
pristine rivers and you have quite a trip. What does this all mean for
an equipment list?  You better make sure you have the right equipment to
handle not only small dry flies but also big hoppers and sinking
lines.  Also, don't forget that you are fishing in the Roaring 40's of
the Southern Hemisphere so bring some warm clothes.  We suggest bringing
as much equipment as possible so that you are prepared for all of the
conditions you will experience.  We've tried to keep the list simple and
effective.


 


DON'T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT!!!!!


 


RODS


 


REELS


 


LINES


 


LEADERS




 


TIPPET SPOOLS




 


FLIES


Provided by the Resort (additional charge) or Leland Signature Chile Selection


 


TECHNICAL CLOTHES


 


MISCELLANEOUS

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Whiting 100's, Brown, Size 16
Whiting 100's fly tying hackles are a standard in tying effective and attractive dry flies. There's enough usable material in each pack to tie 100 flies!
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Summary

Whiting 100's offer only the highest quality saddle hackle developed by the world's largest producer of hackle, Whiting Farms. These superb hackle feathers are pre-sized and conveniently packaged with enough material to tie 100 flies! Whiting 100's are available in sizes #12-16 and in colors grizzly, medium dun, and brown. So many flies to tie, so little time '

Details

- Top quality all-natural saddle hackle from the world's largest producer

- Enough material to tie 100 flies!

- Sizes: #12-16

- Colors: grizzly, medium dun, and brown

Common patterns

- Comparadun

- Hackle-wing Midge

Leland on Whiting 100's

Dry fly hackle can be a joy to work with, but if you don't have the right material at your fly tying bench or in your vise, your good experience can turn sour in the blink of an eye. It can be frustrating pick up a stack of saddle hackle feathers with the goal of finding a strand of the right size and the right quality. In short, it can feel worse than looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. A while back, Whiting Farms took on this common frustration and developed a product that has since solved the problem and as a result, Whiting has rapidly secured its place at the head of the dry fly hackle table. Whiting 100's are pre-sized saddle hackle feathers grown and harvested by the world's biggest and best producer of dry fly hackle. These top quality hackle feathers are pre-sized - no more fumbling and guessing at the hackle sizing game. The quills are supple, easy to work with, and a joy to wrap around the hook shank! To top it all off, Whiting packs its 100's with enough usable material to tie 100 flies! Whiting 100's are simply the best dry fly hackle packs, period.

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 Whiting Farms

Since the mid-1960's when Henry Hoffman started thinking hard about breeding poultry to supply better dry fly hackle, Whiting Farms has steadily built a storied tradition of producing the best dry fly hackle on the planet. Today, this three-ranch operation is run out of Colorado and supplies fly tying operations and fly tying retailers throughout the world. But Whiting Farms was not built on poultry genetics or feathers alone, Whiting Farms was built on passion. Today, Henry Hoffman's attention to detail, innovative spirit, and work ethic are carried firmly on the shoulders of the outstanding genetic hackle products offered by Whiting Farms.

Whiting Farms on Whiting 100's

"One of the most popular fly tying products ever produced, the Whiting 100's Saddle Hackle packs offer convenience beyond compare! The pre-sized Whiting genetic saddle hackle is conveniently accessible within its own protective cardboard backer, clearly labeled and ready for tying 100 or more flies per pack.



The packs come in a wide variety of sizes from #8 to #22 with #24's and #26's available in limited colors. The most popular colors are: Grizzly, Brown, Medium Dun, Black, White, Ginger, Light Dun, Medium Ginger, Coachman, and Light Ginger.



There's no easier way to crank out a dozen flies on a moment's notice than with Whiting 100's Saddle Hackle Packs. Don't be confused by imposters or copy-cats, there's only one genuine Whiting 100's Pack!"

Whiting Farms on Whiting Farms

"Whiting Farms operates on three primary ranches in western Colorado with a central processing, shipping and administrative facility. From these facilities, five major genetic product lines and over 15 minor breed lines are raised to stock 800+ products and generate 100,000+ product unit sales annually, making Whiting the most comprehensive and genetically unique fly tying feather grower today.



Whiting Farms sells feather products world-wide, selling in over 50 countries. Whiting also has a substantial commercial business, selling to fly tying operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Kenya, South Africa, Columbia, Bhutan and Mexico.



Today, Whiting Farms strives to be the clear leader in the continuous advancement and innovation of fly tying feathers."

Whiting Farms on the History of Whiting Farms

"From the mid 1960's until 1989 Henry Hoffman of Warrenton, Oregon devoted his life to producing the best dry fly hackle in the world. His primary motivation was an all-consuming, life-long love of fishing. As an offshoot to this intense interest in fishing Henry also learned to tie flies, often by taking apart lost flies he found on the stream bank while out fishing.



Fortunately (for himself and the world) Henry was born into the right situation. His parents had a small meat chicken breeding operation in California, so Henry grew up learning the basics of breeder selection and poultry husbandry. After a stint in the military, Henry settled in Oregon and made his living tying fishing flies commercially, predominantly dry flies.



In the 1960's good quality feathers for tying dry flies were nearly impossible to obtain and tiers had to rely on very poor quality capes imported from India or China - basically pelted village chickens. In addition, the black and white barred pattern feathers, called grizzly, did not exist in the village chickens, thus major fly patterns which required grizzly hackle garnered a premium price. Therefore, Henry set out in the mid 1960's to find grizzly chickens to raise for his own tying needs and potentially to develop into a marketable genetic hackle line. He searched amongst the county fairs and poultry fanciers in the Pacific Northwest and finally found an exceptional trio of Barred Plymouth Rock bantams. Incredibly, they exhibited excellent (for that time) dry fly capes and also a respectable dry fly saddle. By Henry's own estimation these initial birds saved him 10 years of development; and he was off and running.



Because Henry Hoffman was a commercial fly tier, using the hackle in his own work, he brought an end-user's perspective to his breeder selection. Literally he'd tie flies with the feathers and the best tying feathers determined which roosters became the sires for the next generation. This tying performance criteria put Henry's breeding program in a league of its own and earned the Hoffman Hackle rave reviews and near mythical devotion.



In raising the world's finest grizzly hackle, Henry Hoffman had several factors in his favor: a) being passionate about fishing and fly tying, b) having a directly applicable family upbringing, c) finding truly exceptional foundation stock, and d) directing the stock's genetic development by personally using their feathers.



Henry did three other particularly fortunate things which are even more impressive:

First, he confined his breeding program exclusively to Grizzly for the first 15 years, thus focusing on only one color (also the most important), which greatly accelerated progress.

Secondly, Henry conceived and meticulously developed the first and unquestionably the best dry fly saddle hackle, thus bringing to the tying world a major fly tying innovation.

And the final unique aspect of Henry was he preferred to stay small and focus on quality instead of quantity. The Hoffman operation only grew to 2,200 roosters a year and was essentially a ma pa operation where Henry and his wife Joyce did nearly everything. Even the family helped out, including Henry's elderly mother and father.



By the 1980's the Hoffman Grizzly was world famous, almost legendary and very coveted. The dry fly saddles had progressed markedly and were totally unique, having to be seen to be believed, with individual feathers up to 12 inches long! Henry had also expanded his color range to include white and brown, the other essentials in fly tying. But Henry wanted to get out from under the all-consuming work load and drudgery of his business before he was too old to enjoy an extended retirement of fishing. So he put his life's work up for sale. Many were understandably interested, but few had all the necessary skills to develop further the potential in the Hoffman gene pool. Needed was knowledge and ability in poultry genetics, production and processing, and an equally serious willingness and commitment to devote their professional life to this long term endeavor.



After 5 years of trying to sell his business Henry Hoffman eventually agreed to a deal with Thomas Whiting of Colorado. Tom was then finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas, and also had an M.S. degree from the University of Georgia and a B.S. degree from Colorado State University, always specializing in his particular areas of interest - poultry genetics and husbandry. In addition Tom had considerable industrial poultry experience in managing a commercial egg production complex in Colorado that produced 3 million eggs per week. Henry agreed to consult for 5 years to transfer his knowledge and to initially preserve continuity in the breeding program.



Whiting chose western Colorado to set up the new venture, and in April 1989 hatched out his first Hoffman Hackle chicks there from eggs sent to him by Henry from Oregon. In addition Whiting Farms acquired the another quality genetic dry fly hackle stock in 1997, known as Hebert Hackle, to complement its existing genetic pool and product line. The Hebert/Miner(tm) hackle stock is reknown for incredible dry fly capes and the widest, best and most unique array of natural colors of any hackle stock in the world.

From about 5,000 birds that first year (1989) to over 125,000 total birds harvested in 2000, Whiting Farms has risen to become the largest fly tying feather producer in the world market. In addition, Dr. Whiting has cultivated numerous new natural colors, 20 now and expanding.



Whiting Farms has production on three primary ranches in western Colorado with a central processing, shipping and administrative facility. Also, Dr. Whiting has developed an "American Hackle" chicken line specifically bred for salt water and other wet flies. Coq de Leon feather birds from Spain that provide fly tying feathers are also being raised, and several other feather birds are under development as well for future proprietary products.



With continual genetic progress, Whiting Farms has been able to develop ever increasing quality, value and selection to the fly tiers all over the world. Recent genetic breakthroughs have allowed the creation of a dry fly hackle superior to any ever seen before, and so a new product line was announced in the Summer of 1998; the Whiting Platinum dry fly hackle. To accommodate an across the board quality improvement in all product lines, Whiting Farms introduced for the 1999/2000 sales season the Olympic medal grade designations of Gold, Silver and Bronze. The purpose of this grade re-designation and upgrade was to pass on the genetic and husbandry advances at Whiting Farms to the fly tiers of the world and to further distinguish Whiting Farms' quality superiority. Basically the Whiting Farms Bronze grade is as good as and often better than any competitor's top grade. And the Silver, Gold and Platinum grades are beyond all others. Further genetic advances have made possible an even higher plateau of quality available to fly tiers with the introduction of the "Ultra Platinum" cape and the "Midge" saddle in the fall of 2001.



Genetic hackle is predominantly an American product; there are only about a dozen producers presently, all but two of which are in the United States. Never the less Whiting Farms sells their feather products world-wide. Japan is their largest single foreign market, with Canada, the European countries, Australia and New Zealand buying considerable quantities. Commercial fly tying factories in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Kenya, South Africa, Columbia, Bhutan and Mexico are also supplied by Whiting Farms. Newly developing consumer markets are also expanding in Argentina, Chile, South Africa, South Korea and the former Soviet Union countries. In all Whiting Farms sells their products into 36 countries and 48 states.



In June 1997, Whiting Farms, along with several other western Colorado fly fishing equipment manufacturers, was selected to provide their product for the official gifts from the State of Colorado to the world leaders attending the Summit of Eight meeting in Denver.



In May 1998, in conjunction with the National Small Business Week, Whiting Farms, Inc. was recognized for its success with three awards. The Small Business Exporter of the Year Award was presented to Whiting Farms by the Small Business Administration for both the State of Colorado and the SBA Region VIII (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and North and South Dakotas). Whiting Farms was also given the Pioneer Spirit Award by the Delta Colorado Area Chamber of Commerce in recognition of the company's rapid growth and contribution to the area economy.



In August 2001 the Federation of Fly Fishers awarded Whiting Farms, Inc. the prestigious Lee Wulff award for their innovations and contributions to the world of fly fishing."
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Whiting 100's fly tying hackles are a standard in tying effective and attractive dry flies. There's enough usable material in each pack to tie 100 flies!
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Summary

Whiting 100's offer only the highest quality saddle hackle developed by the world's largest producer of hackle, Whiting Farms. These superb hackle feathers are pre-sized and conveniently packaged with enough material to tie 100 flies! Whiting 100's are available in sizes #12-16 and in colors grizzly, medium dun, and brown. So many flies to tie, so little time '

Details

- Top quality all-natural saddle hackle from the world's largest producer

- Enough material to tie 100 flies!

- Sizes: #12-16

- Colors: grizzly, medium dun, and brown

Common patterns

- Comparadun

- Hackle-wing Midge

Leland on Whiting 100's

Dry fly hackle can be a joy to work with, but if you don't have the right material at your fly tying bench or in your vise, your good experience can turn sour in the blink of an eye. It can be frustrating pick up a stack of saddle hackle feathers with the goal of finding a strand of the right size and the right quality. In short, it can feel worse than looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. A while back, Whiting Farms took on this common frustration and developed a product that has since solved the problem and as a result, Whiting has rapidly secured its place at the head of the dry fly hackle table. Whiting 100's are pre-sized saddle hackle feathers grown and harvested by the world's biggest and best producer of dry fly hackle. These top quality hackle feathers are pre-sized - no more fumbling and guessing at the hackle sizing game. The quills are supple, easy to work with, and a joy to wrap around the hook shank! To top it all off, Whiting packs its 100's with enough usable material to tie 100 flies! Whiting 100's are simply the best dry fly hackle packs, period.

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 Whiting Farms

Since the mid-1960's when Henry Hoffman started thinking hard about breeding poultry to supply better dry fly hackle, Whiting Farms has steadily built a storied tradition of producing the best dry fly hackle on the planet. Today, this three-ranch operation is run out of Colorado and supplies fly tying operations and fly tying retailers throughout the world. But Whiting Farms was not built on poultry genetics or feathers alone, Whiting Farms was built on passion. Today, Henry Hoffman's attention to detail, innovative spirit, and work ethic are carried firmly on the shoulders of the outstanding genetic hackle products offered by Whiting Farms.

Whiting Farms on Whiting 100's

"One of the most popular fly tying products ever produced, the Whiting 100's Saddle Hackle packs offer convenience beyond compare! The pre-sized Whiting genetic saddle hackle is conveniently accessible within its own protective cardboard backer, clearly labeled and ready for tying 100 or more flies per pack.



The packs come in a wide variety of sizes from #8 to #22 with #24's and #26's available in limited colors. The most popular colors are: Grizzly, Brown, Medium Dun, Black, White, Ginger, Light Dun, Medium Ginger, Coachman, and Light Ginger.



There's no easier way to crank out a dozen flies on a moment's notice than with Whiting 100's Saddle Hackle Packs. Don't be confused by imposters or copy-cats, there's only one genuine Whiting 100's Pack!"

Whiting Farms on Whiting Farms

"Whiting Farms operates on three primary ranches in western Colorado with a central processing, shipping and administrative facility. From these facilities, five major genetic product lines and over 15 minor breed lines are raised to stock 800+ products and generate 100,000+ product unit sales annually, making Whiting the most comprehensive and genetically unique fly tying feather grower today.



Whiting Farms sells feather products world-wide, selling in over 50 countries. Whiting also has a substantial commercial business, selling to fly tying operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Kenya, South Africa, Columbia, Bhutan and Mexico.



Today, Whiting Farms strives to be the clear leader in the continuous advancement and innovation of fly tying feathers."

Whiting Farms on the History of Whiting Farms

"From the mid 1960's until 1989 Henry Hoffman of Warrenton, Oregon devoted his life to producing the best dry fly hackle in the world. His primary motivation was an all-consuming, life-long love of fishing. As an offshoot to this intense interest in fishing Henry also learned to tie flies, often by taking apart lost flies he found on the stream bank while out fishing.



Fortunately (for himself and the world) Henry was born into the right situation. His parents had a small meat chicken breeding operation in California, so Henry grew up learning the basics of breeder selection and poultry husbandry. After a stint in the military, Henry settled in Oregon and made his living tying fishing flies commercially, predominantly dry flies.



In the 1960's good quality feathers for tying dry flies were nearly impossible to obtain and tiers had to rely on very poor quality capes imported from India or China - basically pelted village chickens. In addition, the black and white barred pattern feathers, called grizzly, did not exist in the village chickens, thus major fly patterns which required grizzly hackle garnered a premium price. Therefore, Henry set out in the mid 1960's to find grizzly chickens to raise for his own tying needs and potentially to develop into a marketable genetic hackle line. He searched amongst the county fairs and poultry fanciers in the Pacific Northwest and finally found an exceptional trio of Barred Plymouth Rock bantams. Incredibly, they exhibited excellent (for that time) dry fly capes and also a respectable dry fly saddle. By Henry's own estimation these initial birds saved him 10 years of development; and he was off and running.



Because Henry Hoffman was a commercial fly tier, using the hackle in his own work, he brought an end-user's perspective to his breeder selection. Literally he'd tie flies with the feathers and the best tying feathers determined which roosters became the sires for the next generation. This tying performance criteria put Henry's breeding program in a league of its own and earned the Hoffman Hackle rave reviews and near mythical devotion.



In raising the world's finest grizzly hackle, Henry Hoffman had several factors in his favor: a) being passionate about fishing and fly tying, b) having a directly applicable family upbringing, c) finding truly exceptional foundation stock, and d) directing the stock's genetic development by personally using their feathers.



Henry did three other particularly fortunate things which are even more impressive:

First, he confined his breeding program exclusively to Grizzly for the first 15 years, thus focusing on only one color (also the most important), which greatly accelerated progress.

Secondly, Henry conceived and meticulously developed the first and unquestionably the best dry fly saddle hackle, thus bringing to the tying world a major fly tying innovation.

And the final unique aspect of Henry was he preferred to stay small and focus on quality instead of quantity. The Hoffman operation only grew to 2,200 roosters a year and was essentially a ma pa operation where Henry and his wife Joyce did nearly everything. Even the family helped out, including Henry's elderly mother and father.



By the 1980's the Hoffman Grizzly was world famous, almost legendary and very coveted. The dry fly saddles had progressed markedly and were totally unique, having to be seen to be believed, with individual feathers up to 12 inches long! Henry had also expanded his color range to include white and brown, the other essentials in fly tying. But Henry wanted to get out from under the all-consuming work load and drudgery of his business before he was too old to enjoy an extended retirement of fishing. So he put his life's work up for sale. Many were understandably interested, but few had all the necessary skills to develop further the potential in the Hoffman gene pool. Needed was knowledge and ability in poultry genetics, production and processing, and an equally serious willingness and commitment to devote their professional life to this long term endeavor.



After 5 years of trying to sell his business Henry Hoffman eventually agreed to a deal with Thomas Whiting of Colorado. Tom was then finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas, and also had an M.S. degree from the University of Georgia and a B.S. degree from Colorado State University, always specializing in his particular areas of interest - poultry genetics and husbandry. In addition Tom had considerable industrial poultry experience in managing a commercial egg production complex in Colorado that produced 3 million eggs per week. Henry agreed to consult for 5 years to transfer his knowledge and to initially preserve continuity in the breeding program.



Whiting chose western Colorado to set up the new venture, and in April 1989 hatched out his first Hoffman Hackle chicks there from eggs sent to him by Henry from Oregon. In addition Whiting Farms acquired the another quality genetic dry fly hackle stock in 1997, known as Hebert Hackle, to complement its existing genetic pool and product line. The Hebert/Miner(tm) hackle stock is reknown for incredible dry fly capes and the widest, best and most unique array of natural colors of any hackle stock in the world.

From about 5,000 birds that first year (1989) to over 125,000 total birds harvested in 2000, Whiting Farms has risen to become the largest fly tying feather producer in the world market. In addition, Dr. Whiting has cultivated numerous new natural colors, 20 now and expanding.



Whiting Farms has production on three primary ranches in western Colorado with a central processing, shipping and administrative facility. Also, Dr. Whiting has developed an "American Hackle" chicken line specifically bred for salt water and other wet flies. Coq de Leon feather birds from Spain that provide fly tying feathers are also being raised, and several other feather birds are under development as well for future proprietary products.



With continual genetic progress, Whiting Farms has been able to develop ever increasing quality, value and selection to the fly tiers all over the world. Recent genetic breakthroughs have allowed the creation of a dry fly hackle superior to any ever seen before, and so a new product line was announced in the Summer of 1998; the Whiting Platinum dry fly hackle. To accommodate an across the board quality improvement in all product lines, Whiting Farms introduced for the 1999/2000 sales season the Olympic medal grade designations of Gold, Silver and Bronze. The purpose of this grade re-designation and upgrade was to pass on the genetic and husbandry advances at Whiting Farms to the fly tiers of the world and to further distinguish Whiting Farms' quality superiority. Basically the Whiting Farms Bronze grade is as good as and often better than any competitor's top grade. And the Silver, Gold and Platinum grades are beyond all others. Further genetic advances have made possible an even higher plateau of quality available to fly tiers with the introduction of the "Ultra Platinum" cape and the "Midge" saddle in the fall of 2001.



Genetic hackle is predominantly an American product; there are only about a dozen producers presently, all but two of which are in the United States. Never the less Whiting Farms sells their feather products world-wide. Japan is their largest single foreign market, with Canada, the European countries, Australia and New Zealand buying considerable quantities. Commercial fly tying factories in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Kenya, South Africa, Columbia, Bhutan and Mexico are also supplied by Whiting Farms. Newly developing consumer markets are also expanding in Argentina, Chile, South Africa, South Korea and the former Soviet Union countries. In all Whiting Farms sells their products into 36 countries and 48 states.



In June 1997, Whiting Farms, along with several other western Colorado fly fishing equipment manufacturers, was selected to provide their product for the official gifts from the State of Colorado to the world leaders attending the Summit of Eight meeting in Denver.



In May 1998, in conjunction with the National Small Business Week, Whiting Farms, Inc. was recognized for its success with three awards. The Small Business Exporter of the Year Award was presented to Whiting Farms by the Small Business Administration for both the State of Colorado and the SBA Region VIII (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and North and South Dakotas). Whiting Farms was also given the Pioneer Spirit Award by the Delta Colorado Area Chamber of Commerce in recognition of the company's rapid growth and contribution to the area economy.



In August 2001 the Federation of Fly Fishers awarded Whiting Farms, Inc. the prestigious Lee Wulff award for their innovations and contributions to the world of fly fishing."
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Whiting 100's, Medium Dun, Size 14
Whiting 100's fly tying hackles are a standard in tying effective and attractive dry flies. There's enough usable material in each pack to tie 100 flies!
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detdesc::Tired of spending your valuable fly tying time sorting through mounds of hackle feathers in search of the right match of size and quality only to find some scraggly bits of shoddy material? You don't have to feel that way anymore thanks to Whiting 100's. These packages of 10 (or so) high quality saddle feathers are pre-sized and designed to allow an efficient fly tyer to produce 100 flies with each package. Spend time actually tying the flies you love instead of fumbling for the right material!
Summary

Whiting 100's offer only the highest quality saddle hackle developed by the world's largest producer of hackle, Whiting Farms. These superb hackle feathers are pre-sized and conveniently packaged with enough material to tie 100 flies! Whiting 100's are available in sizes #12-16 and in colors grizzly, medium dun, and brown. So many flies to tie, so little time '

Details

- Top quality all-natural saddle hackle from the world's largest producer

- Enough material to tie 100 flies!

- Sizes: #12-16

- Colors: grizzly, medium dun, and brown

Common patterns

- Comparadun

- Hackle-wing Midge

Leland on Whiting 100's

Dry fly hackle can be a joy to work with, but if you don't have the right material at your fly tying bench or in your vise, your good experience can turn sour in the blink of an eye. It can be frustrating pick up a stack of saddle hackle feathers with the goal of finding a strand of the right size and the right quality. In short, it can feel worse than looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. A while back, Whiting Farms took on this common frustration and developed a product that has since solved the problem and as a result, Whiting has rapidly secured its place at the head of the dry fly hackle table. Whiting 100's are pre-sized saddle hackle feathers grown and harvested by the world's biggest and best producer of dry fly hackle. These top quality hackle feathers are pre-sized - no more fumbling and guessing at the hackle sizing game. The quills are supple, easy to work with, and a joy to wrap around the hook shank! To top it all off, Whiting packs its 100's with enough usable material to tie 100 flies! Whiting 100's are simply the best dry fly hackle packs, period.

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 Whiting Farms

Since the mid-1960's when Henry Hoffman started thinking hard about breeding poultry to supply better dry fly hackle, Whiting Farms has steadily built a storied tradition of producing the best dry fly hackle on the planet. Today, this three-ranch operation is run out of Colorado and supplies fly tying operations and fly tying retailers throughout the world. But Whiting Farms was not built on poultry genetics or feathers alone, Whiting Farms was built on passion. Today, Henry Hoffman's attention to detail, innovative spirit, and work ethic are carried firmly on the shoulders of the outstanding genetic hackle products offered by Whiting Farms.

Whiting Farms on Whiting 100's

"One of the most popular fly tying products ever produced, the Whiting 100's Saddle Hackle packs offer convenience beyond compare! The pre-sized Whiting genetic saddle hackle is conveniently accessible within its own protective cardboard backer, clearly labeled and ready for tying 100 or more flies per pack.



The packs come in a wide variety of sizes from #8 to #22 with #24's and #26's available in limited colors. The most popular colors are: Grizzly, Brown, Medium Dun, Black, White, Ginger, Light Dun, Medium Ginger, Coachman, and Light Ginger.



There's no easier way to crank out a dozen flies on a moment's notice than with Whiting 100's Saddle Hackle Packs. Don't be confused by imposters or copy-cats, there's only one genuine Whiting 100's Pack!"

Whiting Farms on Whiting Farms

"Whiting Farms operates on three primary ranches in western Colorado with a central processing, shipping and administrative facility. From these facilities, five major genetic product lines and over 15 minor breed lines are raised to stock 800+ products and generate 100,000+ product unit sales annually, making Whiting the most comprehensive and genetically unique fly tying feather grower today.



Whiting Farms sells feather products world-wide, selling in over 50 countries. Whiting also has a substantial commercial business, selling to fly tying operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Kenya, South Africa, Columbia, Bhutan and Mexico.



Today, Whiting Farms strives to be the clear leader in the continuous advancement and innovation of fly tying feathers."

Whiting Farms on the History of Whiting Farms

"From the mid 1960's until 1989 Henry Hoffman of Warrenton, Oregon devoted his life to producing the best dry fly hackle in the world. His primary motivation was an all-consuming, life-long love of fishing. As an offshoot to this intense interest in fishing Henry also learned to tie flies, often by taking apart lost flies he found on the stream bank while out fishing.



Fortunately (for himself and the world) Henry was born into the right situation. His parents had a small meat chicken breeding operation in California, so Henry grew up learning the basics of breeder selection and poultry husbandry. After a stint in the military, Henry settled in Oregon and made his living tying fishing flies commercially, predominantly dry flies.



In the 1960's good quality feathers for tying dry flies were nearly impossible to obtain and tiers had to rely on very poor quality capes imported from India or China - basically pelted village chickens. In addition, the black and white barred pattern feathers, called grizzly, did not exist in the village chickens, thus major fly patterns which required grizzly hackle garnered a premium price. Therefore, Henry set out in the mid 1960's to find grizzly chickens to raise for his own tying needs and potentially to develop into a marketable genetic hackle line. He searched amongst the county fairs and poultry fanciers in the Pacific Northwest and finally found an exceptional trio of Barred Plymouth Rock bantams. Incredibly, they exhibited excellent (for that time) dry fly capes and also a respectable dry fly saddle. By Henry's own estimation these initial birds saved him 10 years of development; and he was off and running.



Because Henry Hoffman was a commercial fly tier, using the hackle in his own work, he brought an end-user's perspective to his breeder selection. Literally he'd tie flies with the feathers and the best tying feathers determined which roosters became the sires for the next generation. This tying performance criteria put Henry's breeding program in a league of its own and earned the Hoffman Hackle rave reviews and near mythical devotion.



In raising the world's finest grizzly hackle, Henry Hoffman had several factors in his favor: a) being passionate about fishing and fly tying, b) having a directly applicable family upbringing, c) finding truly exceptional foundation stock, and d) directing the stock's genetic development by personally using their feathers.



Henry did three other particularly fortunate things which are even more impressive:

First, he confined his breeding program exclusively to Grizzly for the first 15 years, thus focusing on only one color (also the most important), which greatly accelerated progress.

Secondly, Henry conceived and meticulously developed the first and unquestionably the best dry fly saddle hackle, thus bringing to the tying world a major fly tying innovation.

And the final unique aspect of Henry was he preferred to stay small and focus on quality instead of quantity. The Hoffman operation only grew to 2,200 roosters a year and was essentially a ma pa operation where Henry and his wife Joyce did nearly everything. Even the family helped out, including Henry's elderly mother and father.



By the 1980's the Hoffman Grizzly was world famous, almost legendary and very coveted. The dry fly saddles had progressed markedly and were totally unique, having to be seen to be believed, with individual feathers up to 12 inches long! Henry had also expanded his color range to include white and brown, the other essentials in fly tying. But Henry wanted to get out from under the all-consuming work load and drudgery of his business before he was too old to enjoy an extended retirement of fishing. So he put his life's work up for sale. Many were understandably interested, but few had all the necessary skills to develop further the potential in the Hoffman gene pool. Needed was knowledge and ability in poultry genetics, production and processing, and an equally serious willingness and commitment to devote their professional life to this long term endeavor.



After 5 years of trying to sell his business Henry Hoffman eventually agreed to a deal with Thomas Whiting of Colorado. Tom was then finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas, and also had an M.S. degree from the University of Georgia and a B.S. degree from Colorado State University, always specializing in his particular areas of interest - poultry genetics and husbandry. In addition Tom had considerable industrial poultry experience in managing a commercial egg production complex in Colorado that produced 3 million eggs per week. Henry agreed to consult for 5 years to transfer his knowledge and to initially preserve continuity in the breeding program.



Whiting chose western Colorado to set up the new venture, and in April 1989 hatched out his first Hoffman Hackle chicks there from eggs sent to him by Henry from Oregon. In addition Whiting Farms acquired the another quality genetic dry fly hackle stock in 1997, known as Hebert Hackle, to complement its existing genetic pool and product line. The Hebert/Miner(tm) hackle stock is reknown for incredible dry fly capes and the widest, best and most unique array of natural colors of any hackle stock in the world.

From about 5,000 birds that first year (1989) to over 125,000 total birds harvested in 2000, Whiting Farms has risen to become the largest fly tying feather producer in the world market. In addition, Dr. Whiting has cultivated numerous new natural colors, 20 now and expanding.



Whiting Farms has production on three primary ranches in western Colorado with a central processing, shipping and administrative facility. Also, Dr. Whiting has developed an "American Hackle" chicken line specifically bred for salt water and other wet flies. Coq de Leon feather birds from Spain that provide fly tying feathers are also being raised, and several other feather birds are under development as well for future proprietary products.



With continual genetic progress, Whiting Farms has been able to develop ever increasing quality, value and selection to the fly tiers all over the world. Recent genetic breakthroughs have allowed the creation of a dry fly hackle superior to any ever seen before, and so a new product line was announced in the Summer of 1998; the Whiting Platinum dry fly hackle. To accommodate an across the board quality improvement in all product lines, Whiting Farms introduced for the 1999/2000 sales season the Olympic medal grade designations of Gold, Silver and Bronze. The purpose of this grade re-designation and upgrade was to pass on the genetic and husbandry advances at Whiting Farms to the fly tiers of the world and to further distinguish Whiting Farms' quality superiority. Basically the Whiting Farms Bronze grade is as good as and often better than any competitor's top grade. And the Silver, Gold and Platinum grades are beyond all others. Further genetic advances have made possible an even higher plateau of quality available to fly tiers with the introduction of the "Ultra Platinum" cape and the "Midge" saddle in the fall of 2001.



Genetic hackle is predominantly an American product; there are only about a dozen producers presently, all but two of which are in the United States. Never the less Whiting Farms sells their feather products world-wide. Japan is their largest single foreign market, with Canada, the European countries, Australia and New Zealand buying considerable quantities. Commercial fly tying factories in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Kenya, South Africa, Columbia, Bhutan and Mexico are also supplied by Whiting Farms. Newly developing consumer markets are also expanding in Argentina, Chile, South Africa, South Korea and the former Soviet Union countries. In all Whiting Farms sells their products into 36 countries and 48 states.



In June 1997, Whiting Farms, along with several other western Colorado fly fishing equipment manufacturers, was selected to provide their product for the official gifts from the State of Colorado to the world leaders attending the Summit of Eight meeting in Denver.



In May 1998, in conjunction with the National Small Business Week, Whiting Farms, Inc. was recognized for its success with three awards. The Small Business Exporter of the Year Award was presented to Whiting Farms by the Small Business Administration for both the State of Colorado and the SBA Region VIII (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and North and South Dakotas). Whiting Farms was also given the Pioneer Spirit Award by the Delta Colorado Area Chamber of Commerce in recognition of the company's rapid growth and contribution to the area economy.



In August 2001 the Federation of Fly Fishers awarded Whiting Farms, Inc. the prestigious Lee Wulff award for their innovations and contributions to the world of fly fishing."
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Tiemco Hooks: TMC 2499SP-BL, 25 PK, 8
The Tiemco TMC 2499 SP-BL is a fly tying hook constructed of 2X heavy wire, a 3X wide gape, and 2X short shank for the ultimate in durability and fishability.
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Summary
Tiemco's TMC 2499 SP-BL is a tank. This short shanked hook sports a curve that would fool even a real nymph if it saw your fly drifting below the surface. It is also designed with a 3X wide gape for maximum connection to fish and a 2X heavy wire for the toughness and durability demanded by the biggest bank-hugging browns! The TMC 2499 SP-BL is equipped with Tiemco's Super Point to assure quick penetration and lasting hook ups. The net net of this hook: more banked browns!



Details



- Super point

- Round, straight eye

- 2X heavy

- 3X wide

- 2X short

- Curved shank

- Forged

- Bronze

- Barbless



Uses
- Nymph patterns and a range of other recipes both wet and dry



Leland on TMC 2499 SP-BL
From New Zealand to Chile and back up to Montana and Wyoming, the fattest brown trout in the world can't resist Tiemco's TMC 2499 SP-BL nymph hook. This stout fly tying hook is designed with fishability and extreme durability in mind. It's barbless, heavier, and shorter with a wider gape than standard nymph hooks in its size range. This design configuration coupled with Tiemco's chemically sharpened Super Point will guarantee fast and strong hook ups so you can fight, play, and bank the biggest and most aggressive fish in any pool you can find! Pack a fly box with TMC 2499 SP-BL nymphs today and never miss the fish of your dreams.



Leland on Tiemco



Since the company's founding on 1 December, 1969, Tiemco Limited has been designing and manufacturing superb fishing gear. In its nearly 50 years of operation, innovation, growth, and service, Teimco has accomplished a great deal for the fishing industry as a whole. From its perch in cosmopolitan and bustling Tokyo, Japan, Tiemco has introduced countless fishing products from tackle to clothing to fly and line floatant products. In 1976, Tiemco opened the first fly fishing school and education program in Japan's storied fishing history, helping the surge fly fishing's popularity among Japanese sporting enthusiasts.



Today, among other creative and productive fishing enterprises, Tiemco has positioned itself as the World's leader in premium grade fly fishing hooks. Tiemco's consistent creativity and attention to detail shines clearly in the brilliant and functional designs of its premium fly tying hooks.



From a design perspective, Tiemco has never missed the mark. Offering a range of hooks perfectly sized, weighted, and shaped for the widest variety of fly fishing situations, Tiemco has the most comprehensive line of fly tying hooks the market has ever witnessed. In addition to solid and functional design, Tiemco has never shied from technological advancement. Most recently Tiemco has introduced the chemically sharpened Super Point on it's best hooks. The Super Point series of hooks from Tiemco remain sharp hook up after hook up and are specially designed to pierce the mouth of even the toughest fish cleanly and quickly.



Design aside, quality control is a top priority for Tiemco. Throughout our experiences at the fly tying bench, we've had the opportunity to tie tons of flies on tons of hooks. With Tiemco fly tying hooks, we've never cracked or snapped a shank, found a misshapen or unclosed hook eye, or found a tarnished or poorly finished hook. Period.



From trout to tarpon, in freshwater or saltwater, for bass poppers or Micro Mayflies, we choose Tiemco hooks over the other competitor's best efforts. Teimco hooks are simply the best hooks we've ever clamped in our fly tying vises, and we think you'll agree.

Tiemco on the Tiemco SP Series



"In addition to the outstanding standard hook points, Tiemco introduces a new and innovative specialty point: The new Tiemco SP Series features a hollow curved point with triangulated edges that sharpen easily. The 'slow-tapered' point lowers the resistance of penetration, resulting in accelerated hook sets and better holding ability, especially in barbless versions.



Biologically speaking, when a hook pierces a fish's mouth in a flash, the wound will be constricted. The basal part of the point has an 'apron' on both sides. These tiny swellings will work as a barb to some degree. In larger sizes, they also help streamer flies track better in the water by functioning like the keel of a ship.



Tiemco SP hooks are available in a saltwater model, a streamer model, and in barbless designs for dries and nymphs."



Tiemco on Tiemco



"Tiemco's advanced method has revolutionized the design and manufacture of fly hooks. Tiemco has become the world-wide leader by introducing new hook styles that let flies appear more life-like and by pioneering new manufacturing processes, such as chemical sharpening that improve hook performance.



Each year we add new hook designs, extending the range of our hooks to meet the expanding needs of innovative fly tyers.



Each Tiemco hook style is designed specifically to satisfy the most demanding customers in the world: the fly tyers who depend on Tiemco hooks. Tiemco fly tying hooks are made with fly fishing in mind. And since a sharp, strong hook may be the single most important component in your fly fishing gear, we believe it makes perfect sense to choose the best hooks in the world!



Think Tiemco!"
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Val Atkinson

Life at the Edge of the World


There's no doubt that photographer and friend of Leland, Val Atkinson, is something of a fly fishing legend. But his recent trip to South America is as much a celebration of angling landscapes as the sport itself. Capturing the immensity of the Southern Hemisphere's most coveted fishing destinations, Val's latest collection depicts life at the edge of the world. And, of course, the trout that call these sacred waters home.

 
In March, Val hosted a group of international anglers for the trip of a lifetime: one week fishing for browns at the Remota Lodge in Chilean Patagonia, one week chasing sea-run trout at the Kau Tapen Lodge in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and an opportunity to wet a line with a fly fishing great. Equipped with a selection of Loop and Leland's finest gear, Val and the gang trekked across the wilds of a trout fishing mecca. With them, a brand new Leland Switch prototype and Leland Brass Sea Run Reel, two Loop Cross S1 Fly Rods with Leland Limited Edition Opti Reels (9ft 5wt with a Dryfly for browns, 12ft 7wt with a Speedrunner for sea-trout), and a 12ft 7wt Loop Yellow Rod equipped with a Classic Fly Reel, 8-11wt.
 
There's no better place to put fly tackle to the test than Patagonia, with the Rio Grande boasting the largest run of anadromous brown trout in the world. Big fish, long days, and ripping winds made for beautiful photographs and serious strain in environments where lesser gear is best left at home. The season's exceptionally low water levels also demanded delicate presentations and put rods and anglers to the ultimate test. But this didn't stop them from landing enormous fish amid spectacular settings. In Val's own words, the trip was “truly remarkable, among the most productive and enjoyable fishing adventures I've ever gone on.” Not to mention, the response to the gear was hugely positive and had the guides offering to purchase Val's own rods and reels.
 
And what about the man behind the camera? Val landed the largest fish of the trip, of course: a whopping 23 pound gem of a sea-run brown. With fish like that and photos like these, it's easy to see why Val's is undoubtedly the best job in the world. As for the rest of us, there's nothing like gawking at a few South American slabs to get you through the work day.

- Val and his 23 pound monster sea-run trout
 

**Look for Val's Bolivian Dorado series in the latest edition of Catch Magazine, or browse his websites:


valatkinsonphotos.smugmug.com

valatkinson.com

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HEART OF THE ANDES


 


Located in Chiles remote southern Andes, Heart of the
Andes Lodge ranks among the most unique and interesting operations in
the country. Part of what makes this experience so unusual, is the fact
the owner Mark Kniprath has the only fly-out operation in the country. 
Mark spent more that a dozen years pilot-guiding for No-See-Um lodge in
Alaska and started his operation in Chile in 1994.   In the week package
you fly three days and fish local waters three days.  The Three days
flying in the Andes will be a memorable experience.  If you can bear
taking some time away from fishing have him fly you over the ice fields
and then land in the Fiords to check out the Glaciers up close.  You
will not regret it.  You will have the opportunity to fish spring
creeks, large and small freestone rivers, and glaciated fjords.  While
Rainbows and Browns are the prime target, opportunities also exist for
Bookies, King Salmon, Silver Salmon and Sea Run Browns.  The average
fish size in most systems is 14" to 18" although larger fish are
common.  Anglers should be prepared to fish with dry flies, wet flies,
sink tips, and mouse patterns.  For the adventurous, there is the
opportunity to be dropped at a remote camp for a stay of any duration to
find trout that have most likely never felt a hook.

 

Heart of the Andes Accommodation:

Heart of the Andes Lodge consists of a main lodge for dining, tying
flies and relaxing and private cabins for the guests.  Each cabin has
two bedrooms with queen sized beds, shower, and a small living room with
a wood stove.  Mark's wife Margarita, a native Chilean, does all the
cooking and most of the entertaining.  She is a joy to be around, always
greets you with a Pisco Sour and makes great bread in her wood cook
stove. 

 

Heart of the Andes Travel:

To get to Heart of the Andes Lodge you will need to Make travel
arrangements to Santiago, Chile and then to Balmaceda, Chile. You will
need to make you travel arrangements to arrive in Balmaceda  by 12:00
noon on your arrival day.  On your departure day it is recommended to
depart on the 2:00 pm flight to Santiago.


 


The majority of flights to Chile depart the US in the
evening and arrive early in the morning at the Santiago International
Airport. Upon arrival you will be charged a $100.00 entry tax.  Domestic
airport taxes are $8.00 and departure tax is $18.50. After receiving
your luggage and clearing customs, you'll make a short 5 minute walk to
the National Airport where you'll connect with your 90 minute flight to
Balmaceda.  Your arrival will be in the late morning or early afternoon.
You'll be greeted in the Balmaceda airport by Heart of the Andes staff
and be assisted on to your short flight to the Lodge. 

 

Heart of the Andes Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:    Arrive Santiago and spend the night.

Day 2:    8:10 am fly from Santiago to Balmaceda arriving @ 11:10 am. 
In Balmaceda you will be met by Mark of one of his pilots.  They will
assist you with your luggage and get you on their private plane for the
flight to the lodge. Once you at the lodge and settled in to your room
you will have lunch and head out for an afternoon of fishing.

Day 3-8:  6 full days of fishing.

Day 9:  Depart for home.


 


Heart of the Andes Clothing:

In the Patagonia it is always possible to encounter a wide variety of
weather conditions.  We recommend that you always come well prepared
with different layers including lightweight long sleeve and
short-sleeved shirts, fleece top and bottoms, synthetic long underwear,
rain jacket, sun and rain hats and fishing gloves. Evening attire is
casual.

 

Heart of the Andes Documentation: 

Passport Required : Note your passport must have an expiration date that is at least 6 months after your initial travel date.


 

Included:

Accommodations, meals, wine, alcohol, guided fishing, transportation from Balmeceda to the lodge.


 


Not Included:

Air transportation to and from Balmeceda, arrival and departure taxes, fishing license.

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BELLA VISTA LODGE


 


Opened in 1995, Bella Vista Lodge is the most
exclusive lodge on the Rio Gallegos, offering exciting fishing for giant
sea-run trout as well as some of the finest dry fly brown trout
fishing, on an intimate spring creek.  A much bigger system than its
sister river the Rio Grande, the Gallegos and its pools are far more
varied in their character.  Slow oily looking holding pools are
interspersed with fast riffles and boulder strewn runs, and the gravel
bottom makes wading very easy.


 


The Estancia owns nearly 50 kms of double bank private
access fishing which is limited to a maximum of eight rods per week. 
Guided by one of a team of experienced guides, each pair of rods have
only the the diverse wildlife of the river valley for company.  The Rio
Gallegos has earned a deserved reputation as being a true "Fisherman's
River".  Though most pools can be covered with a single handed rod, the
Rio Gallegos is most effectively fished with double handed rods.  These
will also help deal with the legendary Patagonian wind! Even the most
experienced angler will learn new techniques and skills that will
improve his averages elsewhere.  A challenging but infinitely rewarding
river, the Gallegos' list of devotees grows year after year.


 


Bella Vista Lodge Region and Rivers:


Bella Vista Lodge is located half way up the Rio Gallegos Valley.  Which is the southern-most, large river, on the Argentine
mainland in Southern Patagonia.    Large sheep farming estancias share
this land with herds of wild llama-like guanacos, red foxes, and
condors.  The total acreage of land is around 650,000 or an English
county of the size of Oxfordshire.


 


Santa Cruz province in southern Patagonia is a bleak land
similar to the open plains of Wyoming or the flow country of Northern
Scotland.  Barren rolling hills, stretch from the coast all the way to
the "Cordillera" the mountain chain that is the terminations of the
Andes and a natural border between Argentina and Chile.


 


Bella Vista lodge Fishing Program:


The fishing at Bella Vista comprises of two principal
fisheries.  The Rio Gallegos of which the Estancia has 50 km and the
Gallegos Chico which is a spring creek tributary of the main river of
which we fish 20 km.  The brown trout of the Rio Gallegos and Gallegos
Chico are extremely well documented fish, originally stocked in the late
1920's and 30's the fish on
the main river have gone on to establish a healthy sea-run strain of
large running fish, present in only a few other rivers in the world. 
High average sizes persist and improve year on year and the chance of a
trophy sea-trout are present with every cast.  The Gallegos Chico is a
small charming spring creek with huge character that flows into the main
river on the estancia's eastern boundary.  Abundant weed growth and
rich aquatic food combine to make this one of the world's most
exceptional dry fly fisheries.


 


Bella Vista Lodge Climate:


The summer climate of this southernmost region of South
America is extremely changeable, and a wide range of temperatures and
weather conditions should be expected.  The sun can be very strong
during the day, but the wind chill factor makes the use of protective
gear necessary all season long.


 


Bella Vista Lodge Clothing:


It is recommended that anglers layer their clothing,
enabling the adding and subtracting of garments throughout the day. 
Pack polar fleece jackets, thermal underwear, polar neck, wool socks and
a wool cap to be prepared for the extreme.  Flannel or chamois cloth
shirts and polars are ideal for the stream.  A reliable windstopper/rain
jacket is also recommended.  Attire at the lodge is casual and laundry
service is available.


 


Included:


Transfer
Rio Gallegos airport to lodge (round-trip), dinner wines, all fishing
services including guiding, fishing license where applicable.


 


Not Included:


Buenos Aires hotels and transfers, personal equipment, staff and guide gratuities, laundry services.


 


Bella Vista Lodge Travel:


To get to the Bella Vista Lodge, you will need to make
reservations to and from Rio Gallegos, Argentina via Buenos Aires.  You
will likely need to overnight in Buenos Aires before departing on a
morning flight to Rio Gallegos.  A lodge representative will meet you at
the Rio Gallegos airport and transport you to the lodge in a four wheel
drive vehicle.  Transfer from the airport to the lodge takes
approximately 1.5 hours.


 

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