Thought I'd pass along some info regarding my craft store rummaging. Went to Michael's craft store in West Springfield the other day to pick up some yarn for caddis sparkle pupas (Caron's Dazzleaire - I've been told). But ran across some other interesting items. One of them was a saltwater flashabou substitute. This stuff is called - Shimmering Strands - and comes in a 2 ounce package. The rest of the packaging calls it - 'The folio collection by Amscan'. The cost for the packages was $2.19 and it literally contains the same amount of material as 4 or 5 packages of material that you'd get in a fly shop. I picked up a pearl and a mettalic green - but they had red, purple, black as well. This is not the same as the common green easter egg basket material - that stuff isn't mettalic. This stuff was off to the left of the registers, but I do not know if other Michael's craft stores are similarly set up.
I also picked up a balsa dowel - for poppers, a couple of skeins of yarn, small beads for caddis patterns, felt and sheets of foam for crab and gurgler patterns, and some small braided mettalic tubing with the cotton core for streamers (10yds - $0.99).
I know many of you are already aware of the craft store for materials, but this was the first time I have run scross the SW flashabou. There were also big plastic eggs to use in the bottom of the stripping basket and the fabric paint was on sale ($0.77/bottle). Since the weather is miserable and fishing is not in the cards, a trip to the craft store might provide a welcome break from chores around the house.