Re: Craft Store vs. Fly Shop (for materials)
walk around and find other stuff. be creative. experiment
foam sheets (i feel fly shop foam is better)
glues of all kinds
yarns (chopped up yarn = dubbing)
plastic storage boxes
small zip lock bags
some feathers but not hackle (most is **** anyway)
balsa/bass wood for making poppers
copper wire (some sizes too big for fly tying)
polyester sewing thread (use it for ribbing flies not for tying)
needles for homemade bodkins
balsa/bass wood dowels to make bodkins
etc etc etc
HOWEVER: please support your local fly shop. they need your business too!
Poor quality materials are destined to discourage beginner tiers and cause greater expense when the time comes to replace them.
YOUR way is not the ONLY way when tying flies!
Fly tyers can be masters of making things complicated!
You're only limited by lack of imagination. Be creative, experiment.