Ever since my daughter-in-law gifted me with a couple Welsumer hen capes I’ve wondered why nobody has them available for the fly-tying trade, as I’ve found them to be the finest brahma I’ve seen, & indispensable to my own fly dressings.
hen or commercial domestic
capes, Welsumer coloration & markings are reliably uniform in the breed –
they look alike. India
Neck hackles are elongate; a beautiful bright yellow furnace, suitable for Greenwells, palmer hackle & streamer wings. Feathers at the edges of the capes are honey dun, ginger & red-brown in color. Also quite a bit of excellent chickabou. Capes are about twice the size of a full commercial cape, & yielding a lot more usable hackle in a variety of colors.
Wing sets & tails feature larger brahma spades good for larger sized spiders, wets & streamers. I use these on Hair & Hackle Sculpins, October Caddis, spiders & dabblers for Trout Spey. Lots of great application for Trout Spey flies in these.Wing secondaries also yield mottled brown quills for matched wings – good for October caddis, March Browns & grasshoppers.
Used up the capes my daughter gave me, & decided I can’t operate without them. Faced with the fact they are not available for purchase, we raised some. This worked out pretty good & I ended up with a small flock of excellent, uniform coloration & hackle quality. Have enough hackle to last indefinitely &, in order to offset the cost, to make a limited quantity available. Offering the whole bird: cape, wings & tail, @ 75.00 a set. That includes shipping. If you are interested, email me at: email@example.com. I’ll leave this post up until all are gone.