03-23-2000, 10:38 PM
Always a challange finding good materials when you need them. I'm not going to try to 'advertise' for any location but make it easier for all of us to locate key/unique items.
On a small note in this regard, I was in Portland Maine for the past two days. A small shop has opened up downtown which is trying to be a general purpose tackle shop. I found that he stocks these 1 oz. packages of peacock hurl for about $ 17.00 a package. The unusual part of this is that hurls measure 14 - 16" long!! I'm already picturing them on some of those yak-hair pollock patterns terry! So FWIW, "The Tackle Shop" Portland 207-773-FISH ask for Dana, he'll UPS.
He also ties for his own shop, does a very nice job with the big patterns that seem to be popular up here on the rocky coast....
!14" Peacock?? Didn't know they had those birds in chernobyl http://220.127.116.11/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif" border="0" align="middle"> That's one heck of a bunker, herring, mackeral, or pollock back.
You probably already know the Eldridge Bros. just north of Kittery... they are a great add-on stop when in Kittery to find the less mainstream materials KTP doesn't stock. This is particularly true of materials for salmon patterns and classic northeast streamers.
At the risk of sounding parochial I have to comment on the total commitment Tom Lynch has made to his flyshop in Ayer.
Blue Northern carries a huge assortment of materials and BobD keeps the reps busy. You can even get your fletch-tite in the archery department <img src="http://18.104.22.168/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif
I'll have to put a special word in for the top quality hackles Smitty's got at his shop down in Kingston. Where the trout guys like very long fine hackles, those who tie striper flies, palmer hackle collars on steelie flies, or classic new england streamers will appreciate this find. The hackles are medium length, very consistent grade, and have an even taper. The barbs feather nicely without being webby and collapsed.
As you know the guys up at Nick's place in New Boston carry one of the areas biggest material supplies. If you have the time, it's a nice ride thru the NH countryside when you visit Hunter's Angling Supplies.
Perhaps the last word in materials providers is your friend and mine - Phil Castleman. I can't go by his booth at the show without buying some totally exotic feather or fur. I've bought kingfisher, blue-eared and brown-eared pheasant, jungle cock, and all kinds of rare materials for salmon and steelhead flies from Phil. This year I bought a few bustard substitute feathers ($10) for classic salmon flies and several packages of dyed seal fur dubbing. That ain't stuff you find in any department store!
Outside of the area, the Seattle guys on this forum will chime in for Ol' Manuel Bernardo of the Quality Fly Shop in Port Angeles WA. Legal polar bear of various lengths, just to kick things off. I heard he sold the shop last year. Wonder if the new owner says "psssssst... check these out" and leads you into the infamous back room to show you extremely rare and exotic materials that you could not afford or that he would never sell.
As a consumer, I'll have to say that the biggest and best materials selection I have ever seen is Bob Marriotts on Orangethorpe in Fullerton, CA. If you're in the area do yourself a favor and stop by (southwest of LA about 40 minutes each way WORTH THE DRIVE).
So many shops, so little time!
03-25-2000, 05:08 PM
Juro, Good to hear about Blue Northern, I still haven't made it there but sounds like it would be well worth the trip.
Another shop that is really committed to a wide selection of materials is "The Bears Den" in Taunton. Nice guys, great selection of natural an synthetics. Closed Mondays!
What about things like hooks, hardware in bulk? I've been using Terminal Tackle out of Kings Park, NY. Anybody have other good sources?
Bob - Good discussion... since I usually buy TMC and Daiichi hooks, bulk is 50 hooks and a large chunk of change. Your suggestion gives me the idea to research our savings by splitting 500 TMC 811s 3/0 or 2/0 hooks among a number of people. Mustad hooks are getting better, and are already available in bulk. I'll start by asking Smitty about bulk hardware discounts.
This would be a good item to sell in our <b>on-line store</b> (ready soon).
03-26-2000, 09:00 PM
Great idea about an on-line store for hard-to-find materials. Would be easier if we could work it through someone who already has the retail set-up (sales tax ID, etc..)
Eagle Claws have been getting better with the point sharpness but I wish they'd close off the loop of their eyes a bit tighter. The square cut edge on the eye sometimes cuts me off as I'm finishing the head. Just bought my first Tiemcos and they are nice but I hate those small packages.
Let me know if you'd like me to send some of those mega-hurls to you. I'm planning a yak-pollock some nite this week which would look nice about 12" long....
Those mega herls sound really unique and I'd love to try 'em. I'll hook up with you for some samples when I return from steelhead country. Thanks for the offer, I am anxious to try them on some extra-large outer beach patterns. I'll be ready to get into stripah mode in a big way when I return.
Post some patterns, I'll check 'em out from the road!
03-30-2000, 05:13 PM
They have some interesting stuff.I have been happy
with their materials