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Coq de Léon

The "Coq de Léon", a Spanish rooster from the Léon region, is still bred today mainly for its feathers. It offers water-repellent natural fibers with unique luminosity.

Read more about the Coq de Léon in the article by Professor Alfredo Ramos.


Coq de Léon feathers have many advantages fpor the fly tier:

The feathers of «gallo de León» are neither too stiff nor too soft, so the reproduce better the wings, legs and tails movements of the insect. Coq de León feathers are very life-like.

- The brightness and brilliance of the feathers are unique. The flashing of the fibers when exposed to the sun produces bright halo effect that induces the trout to bite. The light reflections produce a sensation of movement bringing the insect to life.

- The different striped, dotted patterns in contrast with the background colourprovides the optical illusion of movement.

- You can imitate the features (shape, size, colour, patterns and movement) of the insect with astonishing accuracy.

- Feathers dry very easily (quickly), so they are ideal for rainy days.

- To obtain the feathers, the roosters are not slain, so it is a sustainable process. The animals live outdoors in an environment that guarantees their well-being. There is no industrial breeding. The income earned by the farmers helps to sustain village life and ecological environments.

Colour explanation: experts differentiate between 43 varieties. In reality, however, the feathers are as individual as the roosters.
To make it easier for the fly tier, we have categorised the feathers more roughly here:

In principle: Pardo are striped/spotted, Indio have a continuous colour

Pardo aconchado are coarser spotted, Pardo corzuno finer, pile of Escobar are very finely spotted and rather light in colour. The term "rubio/ rubion" is used for a brown basic colour

Coq de Léon- Pardo flor de Escobar

Coq de Léon- Pardo flor de Escobar

Coq de Léon- Pardo aconchado

Lars Sedge/ Coq de Léon- Coq de Léon- Pardo aconchado

Coq de Léon- Pardo rubion

Coq de Léon- Pardo rubion

Coq de Léon

The fibers of hackles Coq de Léon allow not only to make the most naturalistic tails you can imagine on your flies.

Try also the most effective patterns of flies made with different colors of Coq de Léon. (see: "What can Coq de Léon feathers be used for" ).

Highest Quality feathers, choosen at the farm with Professor Alfredo Ramos.

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