Hen cape hackle has many uses in fly tying. One principle use is for upright dry-fly wings. Hen cape feathers can be wrapped for nymph legs or wet-fly collars. The larger hen cape feathers are also excellent for matuka flies and whole-feather wings. Hen saddle hackle provides dense web and sturdy barbs that are excellent for a number of tying applications. Hen saddle feathers can be wrapped for throats or collars on trout, salmon, and steelhead flies or cut or burnt to fashion upright dry-fly wings.