Jungle Cock Capes

The Jungle Cock

Jungle CockThe Indian Grey Jungle Fowl (Gallus Sonneratti) Originates from Central India, as far as Mount Abu in the north-west and eastwards to the Godaveri River. The male has a black cape with light brownish-yellow spots and the body plumage on a grey ground colour is finely patterned. The elongated neck feathers are dark and end in a small, hard, yellowish plate; this peculiar structure making them popular for making high-grade artificial flies for game fishing. They have been bred domestically in England since 1862, but it was not until 1978 that the commercial flocks, bred by Ron Taylor of Worcestershire began supplying the bright fluorescent neck feathers from the cock birds, which are so much sought after by fly tyers world-wide.  All the birds are bred domestically at Hill End Farm.

During winter visitors are welcome to visit our aviaries the the fishery, when the cock birds are in their prime.

Jungle cock capes and feathers

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The Jungle Cock Cape has been used for salmon and trout flies since the nineteenth century. The most commonly used feather is the cape feather or the jungle cock nail. These are used in salmon and trout fly tying for just about every application. The grey jungle cock nail is the most sought after feather. However, the lower nape grey and transition feathers can be used for streamers, steelhead and salmon patterns.

The Jungle Cock capes are classified into various grades, based on quality of feather, number of feathers, colour and percentage of split feathers:

 
Grade
Price
Super Quality £60.00
Grade A £50.00
Grade B £40.00
Grade C £35.00
Ungraded £30.00

Packets of 10 matched feathers are also available.  Choose from small, medium, large or extra large, all are priced at £4.00 per packet.