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Old 04-15-2015, 05:39 AM
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Have had a Peak rotary vise for a while and finally ready to start tying. What is a good on-line source for materials?
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Default Re: Source you use for tying?

Lots of great fly shops around on the web and in some local areas.

I'd suggest you check for a shop you can visit in your local area first. It's sometimes easier, especially when you are starting out, to see materials in person and get some input from the shop.

Alternatively, check the the corporate members of the forum at Corporate Members - The North American Fly Fishing Forum.

Feather-Craft.com has always been one of my favorites as they have a wide range of products and an interesting / informative catalog.
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I've used a couple of those with really nice catalogs, the problem is that they take so long to ship. Shipping an order on the third or fourth day after receiving the order is just not acceptable. That said, the absolute best service I've encountered is from Flyshack.com.
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I don't have the option to shop local (one of the draw backs of living in a small town), so I use J Stockard, Feather-Craft, feather emporium, Blue Quill Angler and Charlies Fly Box.
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just google "fly tying materials" about a thousand sites will come up, I've found little difference in any of them. I'm here in Atlanta and we are luckly enough to have several fly shops in the area. Its important to give these shops your business when possible, its great to have somebody you can go to to get one on one help and also touch and feel the products. Remember there is very little customer service on line. If never been to this shop but its in your area on Laurens rd in Greenville here is a link Home
There is also a small shop in Mountain Rest, The Chattogga River Fly Shop. Its about 5 miles from the river on Hwy 28. Not much inventory in the shop but a ton of knowledge is always there
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I've used a couple of those with really nice catalogs, the problem is that they take so long to ship. Shipping an order on the third or fourth day after receiving the order is just not acceptable. That said, the absolute best service I've encountered is from Flyshack.com.
I'm sorry but that is funny. When I started tying, I had to fill out an order form and mail it in. I'd never hear a word back that the order was received or when it shipped. Tracking numbers were useless. I'd almost forget about the order and then it would arrive.

Taking 3 or 4 days to ship doesn't seem unreasonable to me, especially for a small business where one or two people have way too much on their plate. The Mad Scientist is right up front that his shipping is kind of slow. For me it is worth it since his products are a lot of bang for the buck.

The world has really changed and it seems like we have gotten used to instant gratification. I'm guilty sometimes too.
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Fact is, no single source will likely have everything you may need. As said there are many good ones, so you need to look around & compare.

It also depends on what types of flies you wish to tie. For example, I don't tie many trout flies, my interest is primarily with bass or saltwater, so I look for sources that cater more to my interest.

If you have craft or even some sewing shops nearby, they can be a wealth of a source for many things a tier can use & often at very inexpensive prices. For example, if you intend to tie any patterns with sheet foam, craft shops will have more than you'll likely ever want & at better prices than fly shops.

I know some folks shy away from Ebay, but sellers there can be good sources. You have to be careful there however and know what you're buying.

Check out Theriault Flies, and J Stockard.

Be sure you sign up for newsletters, as often that will notify you of sales & is a good way to save some on what you buy.
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Have had a Peak rotary vise for a while and finally ready to start tying. What is a good on-line source for materials?
One thing I've always recommended is a new tier purchase at least one of the pattern(s) he wants to tie. As a visual aid, proportions, etc., most helpful.
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Default Re: Source you use for tying?

My best advice is to purchase synthetics (hooks, thread, lead, flash, dubbing) online or through catalogs, but to purchase natural materials in person. Materials like hackle, bucktail and deer hair can vary widely in quality, and I find it better to purchase those in person than trust that the guy packing the box is providing exactly what you want. It looks like there's an Orvis in Greeneville, you may consider dropping by and seeing what sort of tying selection they have.

There are tons of online shops, and I'll be honest that I haven't used many of them. But I have found that the less advertised/traffic'ed sites are often less swamped with orders, and therefore more responsive, than the more heavily advertised ones. Feather-Craft has been around a long time, provides a huge variety of material, and seem to have pretty good quality control. I've found Blue Ribbon Flies out of West Yellowstone Montana does an excellent job of quality control, too, and I really like Dan Bailey's.
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