Spey Hackle

#1
Just read a fascinating article in Art of Angling Journal on using Rhea feathers for spey hackles. Rheas are flightless birds from the ostrich family. The feather barbules are five inches long! The article mentioned that Siskiyou Aviary in Oregon (www.siskiyouaviary.com)sells Rhea feathers in a variety of colors. Before I start spending money I'd like to know if anyone has had any experience with Rhea feathers or with siskiyouaviary.com
 

bennysbuddy

the sultan of swing
#2
Rhea has been very popular with steelhead fly tyers for years,It is used on flys like the intruder, and other large winter steelhead flies
 

fredaevans

Active Member
#3
The answer to both your questions is an unqualified YES. Kate is one of the few 'CETA' (think I got the initials correctly) operations here in the United States. If you purchase 'rare/protected' bird feathers from her you will get the proper documentation to go with same. Kate's located here in Ashland, Oregon and I've been to here Aviary on several occasions .... you have NO IDEA how beautiful these birds are until you see one walking around.

Because of the quality of each and every feather shipped, be prepared to 'pay up.' The feathers are the kind you'd use for 'Presentation Level' flies.
 

Bob Triggs

Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
#4
Once upon a time a very nice feklow named Dave Westburg sent me some beautiful tube flies tied with those Siskiyou Rhea feathers...
 
#5
Rhea has been very popular with steelhead fly tyers for years,It is used on flys like the intruder, and other large winter steelhead flies
Someone has been digging thru the archives.:rofl: First post is from 10-25-2002. Weird part is the authors join date is 2003.:confused:

And I love the stuff. Waters West has some great feathers they dye themselves.