Coq de Leon roosters are the oldest genetic chicken line bred for fly tying feathers. Dating back several hundred years, these roosters have traditionally been bred only in Spain. Since the mid-1990's, Whiting Farms has continued the tradition by raising authentic Coq de Leon rooster stock from Spain. Whiting Farms is the only commercial breeder of Coq de Leon outside of Spain.
Coq de Leon Rooster Saddles have long feathers and barbs. They have excellent material for many different fly patterns:
- Feathers with stiffest barbs are perfect for large salmon dry flies and large skaters
- Streamer wing material
- Body hackle for leech flies
- Fibres can be used for dry fly tails
Feather length varies approximately between 7 - 17 cm and barb length between 2-3 cm.