Re: Albright flies
The big question is where Albright sources its flies. Most flies are sourced from tying factories on the Asian Pacific Rim. Some of these factories are owned by the manufacturers. Some are independent contractors. Flies that are represented by a major fly distributor (Umpqua, Idylwilde, Montana Fly, Solitude, etc) are made under strict quality control. These flies will be great for all but the discriminating fly enthusiast.
The latest batch of flies that are being sold in discount fly outfitters are made in Africa. Many of the flies that I have seen from this source use poor quality hooks and substandard materials. The ties often fall apart quickly. The ties are very inconsistent from fly to fly.
If you choose to purchase flies from Albright get one dozen first. Inspect them to see if you like the quality. If you do, then you have another source of flies. If you dislike them, you won't be buying flies from them in the future.