Whiting Hackle Gauge

Our fly tying accessories make creating patterns a pleasure.


Quickly and easily measure hackle for the right length for hook size. Machined and anodized aluminum. “Nail-head” post prevents hackle from slipping. Oval hole holds gauge at a comfortable viewing angle.
Easy-to-see bar widths for measurements from size 8-28.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 10 reviews


10 of 10 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Essential Item - 8/21/2015
    By: from Cotswolds, England

    I really have to wonder how I lived without this before... I know how. My hackles were too large. A little user advise would be to make sure to use in good light. Small hackles have very fine tips and you want them just into the hook size you are planning to use. Excellent product and the usual speedy and well informed service from Orvis.

  • 5/5

    High quality gauge - 3/7/2015
    By: from Roseville,CA

    I am normally a big streamer kind of guy looking for those trophy fish but recently bought an Orvis Recon 9' 4wt for med-small trout/bass and decided to get serious about the dry fly fishing/tying... So I purchaed this guage and was very surprised how thin it is and compact! It stays out of the way when not in use.

  • 5/5


  • 4/5

    Useful Widget - 10/13/2014
    By: from Hollis, ME
    Top 500 Contributor

    Pricy widget, but well worth it until you develop an eye for the correct size hackle.

  • 5/5

    Accurate - 7/22/2014
    By: from Sammamish

    This product is easy to use and accurate. While not cheap, it is worth the money.

  • 5/5

    Whiting does it again - 7/18/2014
    By: from North Yorkshire
    Top 250 Contributor

    Not only do Whiting Farms supply the best dry fly hackle, they also do a really good job with this hackle gauge. Nice ergonomics and very well made. Helps to ensure you get the correct hackle length and assists in producing uniform / consistent flies.

  • 5/5

    The best out there - 5/16/2014
    By: from Germany
    Top 25 Contributor

    Sometimes you need a hackle gauge to measure the correct hackle size even when you are experienced. This is by far the best made and most functional hackle gauge on the market. I don not use mine attached to the vise stem. Just use it hand-held.

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    great gauge - 12/10/2013
    By: from ny

    its a simple and very elegant looking hackle gauge, love the fact the it measure all the way down to a #26 hackle and that the measuring lines are not really lines but intervals.

  • 5/5


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