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Stwhe1012July 5th, 2008, 7:31 am
Posts: 4 does anyone know where to buy a good cree neck from //
MartinlfJuly 5th, 2008, 10:02 am
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 3075
Well marked cree necks are scarce as hen's teeth, but Flyfisher's Paradise in State College has them sometimes, typically at the beginning of the year. You might call Steve (814-234-4189)and see if he will take a standing order and contact you if and when when he gets one in. If you contact Keough Hackle

Keough Hackle
23392 Hwy. M-60
Mendon, MI 49072
(616) 496-7464
www.keough-hackle.com

you may be able to get a tyer's grade cree neck. I bought a tyer's grade Cree some years ago directly from them that doesn't have as much black in it as I'd like, but has beautiful browns and whites. I don't have any idea what may be available now, though.

"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
JOHNWJuly 5th, 2008, 11:14 am
Chambersburg, PA

Posts: 452
As Louis said they are pretty rare. Another source might be Collins Hackle Farm or Bob's hackle farm both are easily found via google both are old school hackle breeders that sell quality stuff. Collins actually sells the saddle and neck from the same bird for about the price of a Whiting Silver what a deal.

JW
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
WbranchJuly 5th, 2008, 12:10 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2661
In my opinion you should never buy any neck, wet fly or dry fly, without first seeing it. There was a time I used to take a chance and buy necks sight unseen through the mail and virtually every purchase was a disappointment. I would rather drive fifty miles to a reputable fly materials shop to sort through all the necks than have the owner select it for you and then mail it.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
WiflyfisherJuly 5th, 2008, 3:02 pm
Wisconsin

Posts: 629
Jim Slattery has some fantastic necks and skins, including cree. He also is the owner of Campfire Lodge & Resort in West Yellowstone. You can call him to see if he has any left and discuss it with him.

http://www.jimsflyco.com/html/whiting_farms.html
http://www.campfirelodgewestyellowstone.com

John S.
https://WiFlyFisher.com
JADJuly 5th, 2008, 3:18 pm
Alexandria Pa

Posts: 362
Jim Slattery has some fantastic necks and skins,


I'll put my money on Jim I have bought some skins from Jim and they were everything he said they would be. I believe Jim is on this forum http://outdoorsbest.zeroforum.com/zeromain?id=8

John

They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cockís wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
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LeviJuly 7th, 2008, 12:52 pm
Posts: 6conranch.com has some but they are kind of expensive, but I know that if they are from conranch they are worth the money.
LeakywadersJuly 10th, 2008, 7:19 pm
New England

Posts: 43
I NEVER buy hackle that I cannot see and feel.

Getr most of mine at fly fishingf shows in winter, but always look at fly shops, and I havce bought a few at the local CABULAS strore.

I have 3 cree saddles (snicker).
Drag free??? If the fly didn't drag, I wouldn't know where it was!!
Troutbum13September 8th, 2008, 7:07 am
Millerton,PA

Posts: 7
My pick would be Collin's Hackle. Good stuff! He has a genetic line of chickens from Harry Darbee,Andy Miner and Dick Bitner. Super nice flex,wrap twist free! Charlie is very smart when it comes to his birds {I'm sure he is smart in other areas also,lol}. Let him know what you are looking for and he will pick out something nice!

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