Grading Dry Fly Saddle Hackle

whiting grading 1Because our customers cannot personally inspect every piece of fly tying hackle they purchase from us, we at J. Stockard have a policy of stocking only hackle from top brands such as Whiting Farms and Metz. That way we can be assured of consistent quality and quantity in the hackle we sell. Grading dry fly hackle is more of a science than an art. We thought you might be interested to learn the process used by Whiting to grade their dry fly saddle hackle.

Whiting Hackle dry fly saddles are graded based on the approximate number of flies each pelt will tie. It is important to note that the grade does not denote the hook sizes of hackle. Here’s how Whiting does its grading – 

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