|The Traditionalist’s choice! The Hebert-Miner line of fly tying feathers is best known for gorgeous natural colors such as creams, duns & browns with brassy overtones and natural sheen. This is the perfect selection for Catskill and traditional pattern fly tiers. Only Whiting Farms has the custodial rights to the legendary Hebert stock. We’ve combined this with the historic Catskill stocks of Darbee and Miner to make the finest natural-toned dry fly feather available.|
Light Tan Dun:
Combine the color tan with a little grey and you get light tan dun. This color is sometimes found with badger like markings with the list being a darker shade of tan dun then the outer tan dun. Light tan dun merges into medium brown dun and is on the fringes of light ginger dun, light grey dun, pale watery dun, medium grey dun and brown grey dun. Darker light tan dun can be suitable for the famed Light Hendrickson dry fly pattern. Light Tan Dun is also good for tying PMDs and PWD's as well.
Pale Watery Dun:
This is best described as a dirty white color with a distinct ginger/brown/tan/grey dun overcast. This color starts on the grey side of cream and ends at the doorsteps of light grey dun and light tan dun. This color may also have some barring; usually a light ginger dun barring.
Light Ginger Dun:
This is the convergence or blending of light grey dun with light ginger. It is a beautiful color that is suitable for sulphurs, PMD's and Light Cahills. Sometimes this color has badger like markings with the list ranging from a light grey/tan dun to the darkest of medium grey dun with light ginger dun outer colors.
This color is actually difficult to grow; not that it's a rare color, just a bit difficult to breed for consistency. The color is best described as a light yellow gold with a faint touch of brown, as the color darkens it gets closer to medium ginger. The hackle color for the all time favorite Light Cahill.
On the surface pretty much self explanatory but let’s delve in a little deeper, it is a much more complex color than the name implies. On one side of the Cream spectrum is white or off white. Both of these colors are quite hard to come by. There are two reasons for this. First, most of these hackles end up in the dye bath. Second, is feather quality, pure white can be a bit soft for dry fly purposes is rarely adequate for dry fly applications. The next shades that fall under the “cream” label are dirty white and ghost barred white. The color dirty white can be is best described as white with a "dirty" overcast, generally a faint dunnish ginger or brown. Ghost barred white is basically white with the faint dunnish color barring on the feather. Both of these shades are the first steps on the road to pale watery dun, light grey dun and light ginger dun. Next is the "Classic" cream color, white with a light ginger over cast. Anyone who has grown up on a dairy farm knows exactly what I'm talking about: the color of the cream that rises to the top of fresh milk. That pale yellowy golden color that's the "classic color cream. Within the cream color category the light ginger overcast color can get stronger until it is on the threshold of light ginger and the beginning of the color ginger. There is more of the "dirty" overtone in the pro grade than in the bronze grade.
Actually this is a wide ranging set of colors. Base color may range from an off white to a dark medium grey dun over which a barring may range from light tan dun to the darkest duns. Typically the color falls into a light grey dun base with medium to dark grey dun barring. This is a great color to add some “bugginess” to your flies that typically call for “dun”.