Finally, the hackle fad ended

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by GAT, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    the new fad is thingamabobbers,soon they will be as scarces as hens teeth.this fad will be bigger than all get out it will be harder to find thingamabobbers than 22 ammo.stock up now or be left out in the cold ? the pink ones are hard to find even as we speak.
     
  2. Russ Kendall

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    Thanks for the good news Gene, maybe now both the price per cape/saddle and variety of colors will improve.
     
  3. Bob Newman

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    Don't expect the price to go down much. The price of feed for those birds tripled in the last couple of years, you're paying for a lot of corn.
     
  4. Patrick Gould

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    It seems like the price is already down.
     
  5. Bob Newman

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    The price is only down relative to the days of the fad. Hackle is about 30 % higher than it was pre-fad.
     
  6. Red Arch

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    The new fad (up here anyway) appears to be flashabou/angel hair/crystal flash etc... girl in my vertebrate ecology class had some in her hair. luckily it is cheaper then chickens and easy to make.
     
  7. GAT

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    I don't think they can put a dent in the supply of synthetic flash material so they can buy all that they want.

    Rare, genetically engineered, chickens with weirdass feathers are a different story. There's only so many of those critters and they take awhile to grow.

    I bet they taste terrible!
     
  8. (BigDave)

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    As they say, whoever they are, turnabout is fair play. Go to a larger wig and beauty supplier and your eyes will be opened. Lots of hair in plenty of colors to tie really Big things...
     
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    I sold several purple saddle capes to a salon in France for quite a bit of bank. Certainly more than a 15 piece bucket of KFC
     
  10. Cold

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    When the fad was just winding up I explained to a lady friend of mine how they're a specially bred bird, using the term "genetic".

    Brilliant young mind that she is, she took "genetic" to mean that the hair feathers were from GMO chicken (bred for the food industry) and that all of the crazy colors were a result of genetic modification. :rolleyes:

    It took more explaining to convince her this wasn't the case than it did to explain it the first time.
     
  11. Russ Kendall

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    Will we see Cree feather availability go up?
     
  12. SilverFly

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    Those old birds would be rejects even for KFC. We raised some Barred Rocks for hackles when I was a kid (before genetics was a science). The best hackles always came from the oldest, crankiest, and toughest roosters. So tough you could use the drumsticks off those birds for actual drumsticks. Slow-cooked (like all day) chicken-and-dumplings was the side order that came with a nice neck and saddle.
     
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    GAT....hate to burst your bubble but, went to Yeagers to buy my fishing license today and they are selling the saddle hackle feathers in hair or ear ring clumps for $5-10. The fad seems strong in Bellingham, just chastised a waitress for it last week.....
     
  14. Russ Kendall

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    Give em heck Jim!
     
  15. golfman44

    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    The fad didn't really die, just changed. Those teenage girls are now in college and prefer jungle cock.


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    That's it, I'm hiding my CDC and Zap-a-gap from my 13 year old daughter!!! Just when I thought it was safe to get my premium capes out from lock-and-key...
     
  17. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    My local fly shop carries them by the hundreds in pink.