Since 1972, Metz has been singularly focused on one overriding goal: to provide the best fly tying hackle products anywhere. A division of Umpqua Feather Merchants, Metz delivers top quality necks and saddles from their farms in Pennsylvania.
- Rooster Capes (Necks): This is the region from the top of the Rooster's head, down the back of the neck to the base of the neck. There are a wide range of dry fly hackle sizes from 12 to 24. Hackles are stiff, shiny, and web-free. Good choice for the hobbyist who needs a wide assortment for dry fly hackles.
- Rooster Saddles: This is the back of the Rooster. The hackles are longer than the cape but the sizes tend to be limited to only a couple of sizes such as 12-14 or 14-16. Shorter spade hackles are found along the edges of the saddle which can be used for streamers and tailing materials. Good choice for those that need mainly a couple of sizes for a large number of dry flies.
- Hen Capes (Necks): This is the region from the top of the Hen's head, down the back of the neck to the base of the neck. There is a webbiness to a hen cape that makes them preferable for wet flies and nymphs. Some of the smaller feathers can be used for dry fly wings. Good choice for the hobbyist who needs a wide assortment.
- Hen Saddles: This is the back of the Hen. The hackles are short, webby and oval-shaped. Good choice for those that need beard hackle on wets and nymphs. The solid colored hackles can also be used for cut wings on dries.