Howard’s Hackle, the most northern hackle producer in the world has just launched their new site. I was recently out in Alberta and took the opportunitty to visit John and his flock. Heck, as a pro staff, I figure it’s my duty to know as much as I can about it. There is a lot that goes into raising these birds for tyers and it was quite interesting to see the process from start to finish. From the incubating eggs to the little chicks, the breeding pens and the full grown roosters there is a lot of heart and dedication. You can see a few of the flies I tied up on the recipes page. The hackle has come quite a long way over the past few years and continues to improve in quality every year.