So what hackles do we select to tie our palmered wet flies, flies that are going to sit in the surface film or just subsurface. I see and read a lot of articles in magazines stating we should be using rooster hackles, but can they be to stiff causing lots of issues with twisting leaders!!! Nige used to do lots of fishing and even more fly tying before he started Lakeland and for a few years tied commercially for Lakeland, the Early YEARS!!!! What he found was that if you are going to use Rooster Hackles they need to be of a lesser quality in stiffness with some of the Whiting Dry Fly Products being far to stiff for this type of pattern where the body hackle is wrapped very densely. Nige as found that the modern genetic hen cape as all the characteristics of the none genetic dry fly capes like the Chinese and Indian Rooster products but without the problems you associate with them like short hackles, stiff centre quill and long fibres that prevent you from producing well proportioned wet flies. The flies above have been tied using the Lakeland Grizzly Hen Cape in Dyed Ginger, using only one hackle to tie each fly!! You can see these hackles give a nice dense body that will sit in or just under the surface film without twisting your fine leader material. Follow the link to see the full range of Lakeland Grizzly Hen Capes reared and dyed by whiting Farms for Lakeland.