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#1 ngt707

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Posted September 15 2012 - 5:18 PM


My local outdoor pro shop doesn't have what I need....ever! Where can I get cheap or at least ok priced fly tying materials. Mainly looking for white rooster neck type feathers, but would like a place to continue to get materials. I saw them on ebay for $22 + shipping, but damn, $30 for that seems expensive. 



 



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#2 flyvice11787

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Posted September 15 2012 - 5:29 PM

I guess you missed the fashion trend that had women wear feather accessories in their hair, on their earrings, etc.. We could recommend a shop if you let us know your general location.


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#3 ngt707

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Posted September 15 2012 - 6:03 PM


I was hoping for a decently priced online shop, which wouldn't really need a location, but I'm in the Santa Rosa area, about an hour north of San Fran. Only place I know of is the Outdoor Pro Shop in town, but most of the time, they're out of what I need, or at least half of what I need.


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Posted September 15 2012 - 7:27 PM

Only place in Cali that comes to mind is The Fly Shop, in Redding. You also might try hitting up a show over the winter.


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#5 BrianBM

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Posted September 15 2012 - 7:36 PM

Google is your friend.


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#6 tidewaterfly

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Posted September 15 2012 - 7:48 PM

What are you tying with the white neck hackle?


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Posted September 15 2012 - 8:04 PM

Bears Den


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Posted September 15 2012 - 8:51 PM


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What are you tying with the white neck hackle?



 



I'm trying to get the front half of a renegade. I'm using brown neck hackle for the back end, but don't have anything that works right for the front end in white. I made 3 so far. One with white deer hair, one with natural mallard flank, and the other with a white CDC feather. All of them look odd, but I'll fish them anyways. 


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#9 Russ

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Posted September 15 2012 - 8:56 PM

Bob Marriott's Fly Fishing Store in Fullerton, CA has much better selection and prices than The Fly Shop.

As already posted, Bear's Den in Taunton, MA is a good place to shop.

Had nothing but troubles with White Water Flies. Don't need to spend mony there.


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Posted September 15 2012 - 9:07 PM

I'm trying to get the front half of a renegade. I'm using brown neck hackle for the back end, but don't have anything that works right for the front end in white. I made 3 so far. One with white deer hair, one with natural mallard flank, and the other with a white CDC feather. All of them look odd, but I'll fish them anyways.


Wish I could help you! Was thinking perhaps you were tying streamers or saltwater patterns. I use a lot of white neck hackle, and buy the strung stuff, but don't tie many dry flies. Most of the tying I do is for LM bass or Striped bass.

In addition to the shops already suggested, you might give Feather Craft in Missouri a look or J Stockard in CT. I've purchased from both & never had any issues.

Good dry fly hackle has become quite expensive unfortunately. :(


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Posted September 15 2012 - 9:16 PM


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Wish I could help you! Was thinking perhaps you were tying streamers or saltwater patterns. I use a lot of white neck hackle, and buy the strung stuff, but don't tie many dry flies. Most of the tying I do is for LM bass or Striped bass.
In addition to the shops already suggested, you might give Feather Craft in Missouri a look or J Stockard in CT. I've purchased from both & never had any issues.
Good dry fly hackle has become quite expensive unfortunately.



 



Eventually I'll get into striped bass fishing on the fly. I have a 9wt setup and 3 flies for it, I just haven't gotten out. I brought the rod out twice but it was way to windy out on the bay. I'm going to try and take the kayak back into some local sloughs someday.  Right now i'm prepping for a trip to Trinity River in a couple of weeks. Muddler Minnows, Silver Hilton's. Skaters, and renegades are all all I'll be making up until that trip.  Stripers are one of my favorite fish. If I could combine that and fly fishing, I'd be loving it. Soon :)


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#12 tidewaterfly

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Posted September 16 2012 - 7:47 AM

Since you appear to be tying for Steelhead? Perhaps a Whiting 100 pack would work for you. Much less expensive than buying a cape or saddle, and will give you hackle in the size you need. Still more expensive per feather than the strung hackle I buy, but as I said previously, good dry fly hackle is expensive.

Stripers are my favorite tidal water species. I tie flies for them using a lot of both strung neck hackle & strung saddles. Much larger patterns than what you're tying, but the materials are far less expensive. :)


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Posted September 16 2012 - 9:57 AM


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Since you appear to be tying for Steelhead? Perhaps a Whiting 100 pack would work for you. Much less expensive than buying a cape or saddle, and will give you hackle in the size you need. Still more expensive per feather than the strung hackle I buy, but as I said previously, good dry fly hackle is expensive.
Stripers are my favorite tidal water species. I tie flies for them using a lot of both strung neck hackle & strung saddles. Much larger patterns than what you're tying, but the materials are far less expensive.



 



Cool, I'll look into those. Thanks! I'm going to get into Striper fly fishing soon enough. But right now, I've got two weeks to get ready for this trip. Nice to hear it's cheaper and thanks to everyone for the online shop suggestions! I'll check them out this morning during the games. I do appreciate it!  


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Posted September 19 2012 - 8:37 AM

I was hoping for a decently priced online shop, which wouldn't really need a location, but I'm in the Santa Rosa area, about an hour north of San Fran. Only place I know of is the Outdoor Pro Shop in town, but most of the time, they're out of what I need, or at least half of what I need.


JStockard, saltwaterflies and feather-craft each plus see oh emm are worth browsing through.


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#15 Kansas Fiddler

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Posted September 20 2012 - 7:03 PM


Don't forget about Cablea's and Bass Pro;   I watch Cabela's in the Spring when they have deep discounts on their entire lineup of fly-tying supplies.  I stock up.  Save them in your favorites and check them periordically. 


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