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Lathkill Dyed Indian barred cock capes

By Magnus Angus

Lathkill dyed barred Indian cock capes, well dyed and presented.
Lathkill dyed barred Indian cock capes, well dyed and presented.

Important to note these are dyed barred capes. When we dye feathers the dye acts like a filter, we see the original colour and markings through the dye colour. Pick the right natural material, dye it well, and humble, basic feathers and fur can become a whole lot more interesting. These capes are a fine example, and they do not cost a fortune.

One dyed olive, the other yellow/olive, the dye colours mix with gingery browns from the natural cape. The yellow/olive is super colour, I can see the dirty yellow on the unbarred parts of the feathers, over the barring on this cape it works very well indeed. A few turns of hackle and I have insect legs, a bunch of fibres and I have a wing. Same for the olive cape, more a light olive, again a few turns bring a hint of colour and subtle marking. (I prefer to use dyed hackles of this type with natural hackle, match the fibre length and add a turn or two of colour through a natural hackle.)

These are well dyed: lift the outer feathers and there are no undyed feathers. Indian capes typically have a little dried flesh and or fat on the inside of the skin, as do these. Not a problem if the cape is handled well, and these have been handled well. These came with the skin on paper towel to absorb any oils or fat – a thoughtful touch.

Excellent capes, skillfully dyed and presented. These capes are a little off the mainstream, handy but not a feather I need every day. At £7.50 per cape I can afford one, maybe two, for those times when I want a touch of colour.


Price: £7.50
From: Lathkill Fly Fishing and Fly Tying
Tel: 01422 322954

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