Re: Buying flies in southern Oregon?
Yeah cheap flies can be, well cheap. There are ways to extend their life a bit though. One is to buy a water based head cement. Fly shops (brick and mortar and online) sell them. You can get a fly tying bodkin or just a needle and put a drop of head cement on the thread wraps just above the hook eye. This can help the fly hold together through more fish. Many of us who tie do this as a matter of course.
Also be sure products to help your dries float. Gel for the dries before you use them and then the desiccant powder to dry them again once they have gotten water logged. I find many cheaper dries don't float as well but these products can help.