January 27, 2018 at 3:14 pm #7804
I had a Cabelas gift card I got for Christmas, and with the points I have racked up I thought I’d go buy some hackle feathers, the Whiting 100 pks, and come home & tie my flies for this year. I’m behind schedule.
Man, I swear, Cabela’s just keeps disappointing me more & more. They had two packs of the Whiting 100’s, and a few Keough brand packs. I like Keough, but they no longer put the size of hackle on their packages and I’m not experienced enough to judge the size of hackle by looking at it, so I didn’t want to take the chance on getting the wrong size, which I would have, and they only had grizzly hackle, which I have plenty of.
I don’t know about your area that you live in, but it seems that finding hackle in my surrounding towns is getting impossible. I’m just going to start ordering it and stop wasting time driving around. Even the local fly shops aren’t keeping their web sites updated. It seems that the big fly shops like J. Stockard and the likes are the places to find fly tying supplies that I need. And it’s not like I’m wanting exotic feathers or anything that’s out of the ordinary.
But it did end ok at Cabela’s. I ended up buying a wading staff & lanyard to keep it tied to me while wading. Lets face it, I aint getting any younger or wiser, and the past two years a wading staff would have been nice to have. The whole thing was about $75, and with my gift card, with my saved points, I only spent less than $10.00. So I guess I did alright with that. The staff is collapsible, and it flexes a little bit, but it seems sturdy enough to do the trick. It comes in a holding sheath that’s nice, and it hooks to my wading belt. For less than $10, if it doesn’t hold up long, I figure I got my money’s worth.
Anyway, I still need hackle, so I’m off to order some.January 27, 2018 at 4:59 pm #7805
I buy from Charlie. If he doesn’t have it he can get it.January 27, 2018 at 6:12 pm #7806
Thanks creek. I have a list of places to buy from, and Charlie is not on the list. He’s close to me, so I will try him.January 28, 2018 at 11:06 am #7807
No fly shops within 100 miles of me (with the way brick and mortar shops have been closing maybe even further) So every fishing trip I seek out shops, particularly for feathers – hooks, thread, etc are OK to purchase by mail but I’d never shell out sight unseen for hackle.
Unsolicited wading staff opinion – I bought a Folstaf over 20 years ago – the 3/4″ diameter one (wouldn’t recommend the 1/2″ model to anyone but a little person) Hands down the best of the collapsible models IMO. Made in USA, lifetime guarantee – they’ll refurbish it no cost. About seven years ago for the price of shipping I sent mine back (the cork grip was coming loose) not only new cork but Folstaf put on a new carbide tip and upgraded to double shock cords (the only weak point was the old single shock cord design wasn’t always strong enough to keep the sections together when the going got muddy) If your bargain staff doesn’t hold up, I can’t recommend a Folstaf highly enough. It might not just save you from a dunking it could save your life.January 28, 2018 at 11:13 am #7808
Have you read any of Charlie’s books Scotty? He also has videos on YouTube that are fun to watch. He’s quite the fly tier. Look up Charlie Craven.January 28, 2018 at 12:07 pm #7809
I have his book Basic Fly Tying, it was the first book I bought when I started to tie. Had no idea who he was or anything, but the book had flies I was interested in tying at the time, and the way that the flies follow each other in the book from very simple to the more complex was what I needed to help me learn.
He was here at Laughing Grizzly one day doing a fly tying demo., but he spent most of the time tying salt water flies, probably because it was easier for the crowd to see what he was doing. Nice guy, and a very accomplished tyer no doubt.
I did look at hackle from his web site, and I can’t believe he is charging $25 for Whitings 100 pks. I thought Blue Quill Angler was bad at $22 a pack. I need to make my dollar stretch a little these days, and $25 was just too much.
But I did look around and got some hackle ordered.January 28, 2018 at 12:43 pm #7810
Yes, he’s not cheap. I use him for the hard to find items. My local shop only stocks the basic tying stuff. I think they’d rather you buy flies from them.January 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm #7811
After looking around at different places, I noticed the Whiting 100 packs must be very popular, especially in sizes 14 to 18. Getting the colors I wanted were almost impossible. So I ended up buying capes & saddles.
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