How Does Genetic Hackle Work?

A Trout Ate My Homework

Clearwater Hackle Feathers

Dries, wet or streamer flies – ever wonder how they produce such amazing fly fishing hackle – colors, length, resistance, differences? It is the hard work of hackle companies, which dedicated themselves to provide the best quality hackle feather for fly fisher and fly tier. Lars Benson, owner of Clearwater Hackle, will answer some of my questions and share with us what it means to raise fly tying hackle birds. I hope this will help you understand a tiny bit more about the care and genetic effort behind it!

Why did you decide to take over Clearwater Hackle bird company?
It combines two loves: fishing and birds. My grandpa would take me fly fishing with him to some of the best trout streams in the world. I was too young to cast, but he would let me land the fish. It was a blast, and you could say I was…

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New Mayfly Nymph Dubbed “Clearwater Special”

One of our pro reps, Lee Blanton, recently tied a fly that has proven to be quite popular while he’s been attending fly shows. He’s named it the Clearwater Special. And we quite like the name! :-).  The recipe is on the picture (click to expand).

Clearwater Special Mayfly Nymph

He used some of our special JV Hen hackle that we developed and named Hungarian Partridge. It is an awesome substitute of the wild bird, and in many ways superior. The color is not an exact match but is close. The stems are so much easier to tie with compared to the wild Hung Part, and the feather fibers undulate in the water in such a way that they mimic an insect quite closely.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you look at it) we sold out of all of our Hungarian Partridge skins in less than a week after posting. Won’t have any ready until summer 2014.