This incredible dry fly hackle began its odyssey in 1954 when legendary Catskill fly tier Harry Darbee generously provided Andy Miner with some of his Darbee hackle stock hatching eggs. What resulted from this gift was a pivotal event and foundation for the future of genetic dry fly hackle. A Minnesota lawyer by profession Andy Miner was also a meticulous, patient soul and through judicious study, experimentation and perseverance bred a markedly better hackle rooster. In 1974 Ted Hebert of Laingsburg, Michigan obtained the best of the Miner hackle stock. For the next twenty plus years Ted Hebert continued the genetic se1ection as Andy Miner had taught him and further advanced the stock in pursuit of ever improving hackle and beautiful colors. In 1997 Tom Whiting, Ph.D., President of Whiting Farms, Inc., assumed stewardship of this superb gene pool. Dr.Whiting’s goal is to preserve the inherent characteristics of this exceptional hackle stock while continuing the development and referent of its hackle qualities and unique natural colors. What you are holding in your hands is the product of a long and careful cultivation by several individuals, each dedicated to creating the finest dry fly hackle. Each cape is carefully evaluated by the best professionals in the business the Whiting Farms Grading Staff. They grade each pelt for the following items:
• Fine, supple quills for neat, effortless wrapping.
• Freedom from web for more strength and less absorbency.
• Uniform barb length for optimal appearance and high er floating flies.
• High barb count for more hackle per tum.
• High barb strength for maximum support on the water’s surface.
• A longer sweet spot’’ the area where prime hackle resides on a feather.
• Full, generous pelts for excellent value and economy.