This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
Flytyerinpa on Jun 14, 2016June 14th, 2016, 8:58 pm EDT
I was thinking of buying a whiting's cape but when I saw the size difference between red and green label compared to there High & Dry it looked like half the H&D was missing they are really small capes, anybody else take notice to that? Oh and the price was the same at least where I was looking at .
Wiflyfisher on Jun 15, 2016June 15th, 2016, 3:57 pm EDT
I have all 3 Whiting cape brands.
The red labels are the Whiting Farms Hoffman line (excellent feather count)
The green labels are the Hebert Miner line (larger feathers, less feather count)
The High & Dry is supposed to be a cross between the red and green. The H&D capes i have are awesome. I generally buy all my Whiting capes from Campfire Lodge. They stock around 1,000 Whiting capes & saddles.
Wbranch on Jun 17, 2016June 17th, 2016, 7:12 pm EDT
I'd like to add my $.02 to this post. A neck cape is okay if you tie many sizes of flies say from #10 - #22. I have never seen (not saying they don't exist) even top of the line necks that have really stiff big or really small feathers although there might be a good number #12 - #18. However if you can afford to buy Silver or Platinum saddles you get awesome 6" - 8" long in hackle sizes #10 - #12, #14 - #16, #18 - #22. So if you can afford the initial cost of a high grade saddle you will be able to tie hundreds of flies from each saddle. I can easily tie a minimum of four heavily hackled or six to eight flies with 2-3 turns of hackle (which account for 95% of the dry flies I tie.)