04-06-2011, 09:29 AM
Re: Can't find Hackle.... anyplace online?
Jim's Fly Co. is another option, although it appears he is also feeling the crunch and showing that he does not have any saddles available: Whiting Hackle | West Yellowstone fly shop | JimsFlyco
While I appreciate that some suppliers won't sell to the beauty fad, it's definitely a business decision and they have to look out for what's best for them. Problem is, the fad will end and the suppliers will have burned some of their in-the-past loyal bridges.
Spoke with my local shop recently and they informed me that Whiting had sold out stocks at wholesale prices to the beauty bunch, thus essentially leaving their core businesses - the fly shops - sucking hind you-know-what, without a source of normally readily available hackle feathers. The free enterprise system is alive and well, but it appears little forethought went in to possible future consequences.
I'm sure the fad will pass, but what some of these suppliers have done to those who have supported them faithfully in the past may come back to bite them in the butt. We'll just have to wait and see.
Good luck in your search.
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