Shelf life of hackle

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Yooperboy, May 25, 2014.

  1. Yooperboy

    Yooperboy New Member

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    Anyone out there with an opinion on how long hackle remains viable for tying? Does it dry out over time and become to brittle for use? The reason I ask is that I have just acquired some very nice Hoffman #1 Grade hackle, saddles and necks. I would guess its the age at about 20 years. Obviously I will try tying with it but was just wondering if anyone actually had hackle this old and was currently tying with it. Is there anything I can do to help further preserve it. At first take it seems to be pretty flexible.
    My thanks in advance.
    Tommy
     
  2. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    I've got capes I bought in the mid-80s that I use every once in a while and they don't seem any different than the day I got them; they're not close to the quality of more modern hackle, but that's a matter of genetics. I have an old Hoffman saddle that was state of the art in it's day; now it wouldn't even rate "pro" or "tyer's" grade; still decent stuff, though.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
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