Cherry-Picking Saltwater Capes

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Feathers come in a lot of different shapes, sizes, variants and colors, but let’s avoid getting into the terminology of specific types of feathers and stay with the basics. Saltwater rooster/ cock capes are typically what you would find on the shelf at your local saltwater fly shop, and are what I like for the majority of patterns. The rooster cape is larger than the hen, and they are usually what’s more readily available.



Most usable size range for the vast majority of saltwater flies falls in the  3-5 inch range.

I typically tie on a range of hooks between size #4 and 1/0 so I look for a cape that is wider with the highest concentration of feathers in the 3-5 inch range.

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