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Above colors: left to right: Golden Badger, Silver Badger, Honey Dun, Med. Ginger, Lt. Ginger, Barred Dark Ginger, Barred Med Ginger, Brown, White, Grizzly


Above colors: left to right: Dun Grizzly, Grizzly Variant, Cree, Dyed Lt. Dun, Dyed Med Dun,Dyed Dk Dun, Dyed Black, Grizzly Dyed Olive, Grizzly Dyed Brown, Dyed Coachman Brown

How Hoffman Saddle Hackle is Graded



1. The approximate number of usable tying feathers is counted for both sides of the pelt.

(Example: a 45 count on the left side and a 50 count on the right side, equals a total count of 95 usable tying feathers.)


2. The average feather length is then measured.

( Example in the drawing above shows a pelt with an average length of 8 inches.)


3. The tying sizes of the feathers are determined. Most saddles have two predominant sizes.

( i.e.14 -16, 16-18 )


4. The total number of flies per pelt is calculated.

(Example: An 8 inch feather that is a Size 14* will hackle four flies; 95 usable feathers multiplied by four flies equals 380 flies. * It is important to note that as the hackle decreases in size, a given length will tie more flies. )


5. The saddle pelts are then placed in their appropriate grade based on the minimum number of flies each pelt will tie.

Grade #3 saddles will tie a minimum of 250 flies

Grade#2 saddles will tie a minimum of 450 flies

Grade #1 saddles will tie a minimum of 750 flies

A Signature saddle will tie a minimum of 1,000 flies

Half saddle pelts will tie aproximately 1/2 of these quantities.




For more Info Contact:

Mike Hogue / Badger Creek Fly Tying / 622 West Dryden Road, Freeville, NY 13068

Phone: 607-347-4946