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Old 12-26-2008, 08:52 PM
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Hi everybody,

I'm wondering, is it just here or is fly tying materials like hackle rising in price or are becoming just about impossible to find. In Montana where i live its just getting harder to find good quality grizzly hackle and i don't want to order of the internet because i don't know the quality. The stuff i find are just exspensive enough to keep me from buying them being a kid.

Luckily christmas is here for me and with christmas comes money.

Trout,

If you are dealing with a local shop and find a grade A or #1 neck that you really want but cant justify the lump some price, ask if they will do a lay away.

Most places will take 20% or so down (I used to go 50%) and then pay off the balance over a few pay periods. I did this for many years and have more feathers than I will ever use if I live to be 100! The best part is I felt no guilt buying them because I never cut myself short and never went in debt by charging them. When I walked out the door with the goods they were mine and I was happy. Be patient and ask if they will do it for you, you will like the results once you have a better collection than even your buddies who swipe their plastic. By gosh, I do everything the traditional way, you gotta love it!

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Trout,
Do you have any buddies that would be willing to split
a neck with you?
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Troutwhisperer


Some other alternatives to hackle for dry flies are flies tied with CDC like CDC and Elk Hair Caddis,
CDC&Elk


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I'm a real fan of the use of CDC.

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Not saying anyone in their right mind should do this, but another option is the Indian necks
That's how I learned
The stems twist, the sizes vary, they don't have a good barb count, but they're cheap.. about $8 for top grade
It's best if you can pick them out yourself 'cuz they're not all created equal...ie...I've had good luck with 'brown' and 'ginger varient', but I've never seen a decent 'dun' or 'ginger'. Not to say you can't find them, ....just that I haven't
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Not saying anyone in their right mind should do this, but another option is the Indian necks
That's how I learned
The stems twist, the sizes vary, they don't have a good barb count, but they're cheap.. about $8 for top grade
It's best if you can pick them out yourself 'cuz they're not all created equal...ie...I've had good luck with 'brown' and 'ginger varient', but I've never seen a decent 'dun' or 'ginger'. Not to say you can't find them, ....just that I haven't
I never thought of that one, but I bet it would work.

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Default Re: fly-tying material prices

hey everybody,

I wanted to say thanks for the info. you guys gave me a lot of new fly ideas.
i managed to find some cheaper grizzly hackle that was a little lesser quality but makes great parachute adams.

thanks again
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