The saddles sure make wrapping easy, not only because of the length but because of the longer "sweet spot" and the thinner stem. But actually I prefer cape feathers. I like the fact that they are shorter and don't get in my way as I work on the fly. I like Charlie Collins hackle. Yes, I usually get only one fly per hackle but at his prices (about $30 for neck and saddle together) I don't much care. If I were a commercial tier I might think differently. Even if I fished another 40 years I doubt I could use all the feathers I have now nor the ones I am likely to buy in the future. Remember,... collected materials is a hobby, too... but I digress.