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Old 02-21-2010, 11:33 AM
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hey everyone, i got this second chance offer on ebay for this hungarian partridge skin for $15 w/ shipping. Just wondering if it looks like a quality skin or if you know of a better source for bird skins. if not i'll probably do cabelas.

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It's hard to tell the quality of the skin from the picture. The way that I look at it is that you will have at least $15 of usable feathers. A quality skin sourced through Wapsi (most shops, including Cabelas, carry Wapsi Fly Tying Products) will charge you at least $30.

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Yep, I second that. $15 is a good price, the skin looks pretty good so I think that you could do far worse and pretty much every feather us useable.
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Default Re: partridge skin quality?

I agree that you will probably not lose any money going with the e-bay offering,.......but, if you willing to spend a bit more you will get a top notch skin with many more high quality useable feathers.

I'm know there are also other shops that offer only the highest quality materials available like those @ 'Blue Ribbon Flies', but they are one of my favorite shops so I'll point you in their direction, besides Craig and Jackie are 2 of the nicest folks/flyfisherman you will ever meet.
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'Blue Ribbon Flies' is owned by Craig and Jackie Mathews and they harvest many (if not all) of the bird skins themselves during the Fall hunting seasons throughout the mid-west and west.

I know 29$ is a heavy price to pay for a hun skin, but if you look at the bigger picture it will be very well worth it in the long run.
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