Any soft-stemmed feather with non-adhering barbules. Typically used to refer to hen or rooster chicken feathers. Hen Hackle Hackle feathers from a hen chicken characterized by soft, wide feathers. Since these feathers readily soak up water, they are usually used on nymphs and streamers. Jungle Cock A type of hackle with prominent singular white dot patterns often used to suggest eyes. Neck Feathers Feathers from the neck of the chicken which are shorter and tend to have a wider selection of sizes on a single skin. Saddle Feathers from the back of the chicken which are longer and have thinner stems. Best choice for most dry flies.
a feather, usually from the neck area of a chicken, can be any color (dyed or natural). Hackle quality, such as the stiffness of the individual fibers and amount of web, determines the type of fly tied with the hackle. Many hackles are grown specifically for fly tying.