Originally Posted by jokeandcolor
Im getting back into tying after a few years hiatus and while I have a small stash of materials and tools etc. I am starting from scratch for the most part. What I want to know is how you guys go about aquiring materials . Do you map out what your gonna need for the season and bulk buy a couple times a year or do you buy what yiu need for a few patterns at a time. I know eventually my collection will flesh out and it will come down to restocking what I need.
This can be pricey hobby and Im just wondering how people strategise their spending.Also if any one ties in the Albany, NY area and knows a good flytying shop let me know.
Hey there JokeandColor.
(1) One strategy is to prepare a supply of Dubbing Materials, and that is where you can be very creative by using a blender to mix materials you acquire from creative sources.
(2) Feathers are going to be among the priciest of the materials you acquire.
If you intend to work on Dry Flies, you need to prepare for that.
(3) Fly Shops are not the only place where you can find materials.
Materials in all kinds of colors, and textures can be found.
For example, you can start checking out the Beauty Section of any Box Store or Pharmacy.
(4)The Wedding Section of a Hobby Lobby can provide some interesting discoveries.
(5) Thrift Stores can be a real treasure trove if you know what to look for.
One of the pleasures of tying is the creative acquisition of materials, and you can lower your initial costs by steering away from tying a pattern that requires the most expensive of components.