Keough Hen Necks

Tie any small soft hackle fly with fine-grade Keough hackle material.


Often very hard to find, these quality hen necks are most useful for tiny nymphs and soft hackles, spinner wings, upright dry-fly wings, and burnt wings. In brown, ginger, black, medium dun, white.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 18 reviews


17 of 18 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    Prince Nymph - 8/11/2015

    As usual, Orvis only sells the best. These necks are perfect for the collar of a Prince Nymph...a size hard to find.

  • 5/5

    Haven't actually tried it yet - 6/3/2015
    By: from Hughesville, MD

    The quality is good for the Hen Necks. The only thing that I wish Orvis would do is to label the colors in their pictures. The item lists 5 colors, but only shows 4. I understand that white needs not shown, but it just makes sense to me to label the items just in case. I take it that the "Dun" color is the greenish one. Let's label some stuff please. Like the thread! Good job on labeling the thread.

  • 4/5

    darker brown than I'd hoped - 2/19/2015
    By: from Seattle, WA

    I had hoped that the necks would be from Rhode Island Red hens. They are darker than I'd hoped but I can use them anyhow. I had requested that one would be sent to British Columbia. I learned only after a very long call to Orvis that they don't do that. Unfortunately Orvis never e-mailed me about this restriction. They said they called, but unless I know the name of the person at the other end, I don't answer the call and no-one left a message.

  • 5/5

    Small sized necks - 1/6/2015
    By: from Winslow, Maine

    Although the necks seemed a little small, they have a lot of nice feathers to make a lot of soft hackles patterns. Nice consistency of feather quality.

  • 4/5

    Soft Hackle Hen Neck; Good Value - 12/2/2014
    By: from Midwest City, OK

    I wanted to try this for the Charlie Craven soft hackle emerger pattern after getting his book: Charlie's Fly Box. The color is good and it will tie a lot of size 16 flies and even some smaller flies. The alternative is a $21.00 neck, so try this out. Thanks- Ken

  • 3/5

    It was OK - 6/11/2014

    Expected more hackle on there for size 14-18 hooks. Will not pay for Dr. Whiting products, too much money. The search continues.

  • 4/5

    Great for dry's - 3/25/2014
    By: from northern,Il
    Top 1000 Contributor

    These necks are great for dry fly wings.I can only use the bottom inch and 1/2 of the neck but that still accounts for alot of fly's. I just wish they would offer them in grizzly. Make that a good grizzly.

  • 5/5

    Nice - 2/17/2014
    By: from Maine
    Top 1000 Contributor

    I got this to use primary for small dry fly wings. the quality is good and seems to be plenty of usable material.

  • 5/5

    great colors - 2/10/2014
    By: from Branson, MO
    Top 250 Contributor

    These feathers add new color options to my soft hackles. It always seems that if your fly is a little bit different from the others, that fish pay more attention. In any case, they make good looking flies that catch fish.

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