Originally Posted by Mnflyfish
Im having trouble with the hackle collar, though i believe its the ancient materials i have to work with. Goin to Cabelas on friday/saturday and hope to pick up some tying material.
Uh-oh... MAKE A LIST B4U GO, and set a budget limit for yourself. Ease into this...
, for the sizes and types (dry or wet) flies you intend to tie. 25 packs are good, 100 packs are MUCH cheaper per hook.
if you can afford the Whiting 100 packs for dries, they're a great way to start. Whole capes are REALLY the way to go, but they're pretty expensive for someone starting out.
For wets, a pair of hen necks (grizzly and brown) might suffice for quite awhile. The Cabela's brand saddles aren't bad (and they're cheap), but you won't find many feathers for smaller sized flies in there.
A Pheasant tail
, unless you know a hunter who might have one hanging around, you'd be AMAZED at how many flies you can tie with this.
a full stalk/stem is the best way to buy it. If you consider a bulk pack, make sure it isn't brittle.
, a box of assorted dubbing (like superfine for dries) would be better than individual packs if you aren't sure where you're heading yet. Something "buggier/shaggier" would be great for wets.
, 6/0 or 8/0 Black or UTC 140... buy a few spools
, buy a ceramic insert bobbin! Based on some problems you mentioned, this will be a Godsend for you.
AVOID THE TEMPTATION TO BUY A GRAB BAG or LARGE ASSORTMENT BAG OF FUR!!!
Most of it is lower quality and until you know specifically what you plan to tie, it'll just sit there.
Go to KMart or WalMart or Target and buy a couple of snap closure plastic boxes, shoe box size will be fine for now. MAKE SURE they seal tight. Fur and hair in one, everything else in the other.
Then go home and go to town!