Same here. Michael's has some nice 1/2" thick foam for Hoppers. As far as really tuff items to find, The Fly Desk has some great stuff. For bulk Sportsmens or Cabelas.
Joanne Fabrics for craft fur, chenele, and other yarns. Dirt cheap and many colors to choose from. Michaels for foam, felt, eyes, and "stretchy" vinyl cheaper than v-rib in several diameters. We have a art store called Pearl's art supplies, they have a huge selection of markers, wire, beads, and loose feathers. far cheaper then BPS or places like that.
basically wherever I can get it. I go to gander mountain but sometimes they are missing the best colors for around here. then I go to the craft store for some stuff. hard to get items or colors I go to jstockard or wilderness angler online. sometimes ebay when I am looking for a deal. I have just heard of 2 places that supposedly sell fly stuff around here? but haven't checked them out yet. will have to give um a try. maybe they are the neighborhood fly shops that I could never find around!
I havn't been going there as much for the past few years, since we sold the property(yes I'm kicking myself for selling), but the people that we sold to are good friends, they are in the process of building a cabin and it should be done this Fall, and we will have access to it most anytime we want, that was part of the deal.
I just told my Wife that I miss taking my rod for those early morning/late afternoon strolls into the Ranch, so I think we will spend a little more time there in the future.
We could definately hit the Ranch some time. I'm planning to spend the last week of October up there so I can fish Henry's Lake, hopefully my work will slow down by then so I can.
It's been quite a few years since I scraped anything off the road, excepting some tail feathers from a turkey. Much of the cdc I use comes from the waterfowl I shoot each year. The natural oils aren't lost from the washing dying process.