IMHO it's idiocy to take up fly tying right now. "Bread and Butter" feather materials are prohibitive expensive to create something disposable. It won't last forever but getting the prices down to something reasonable will take a very long time (watch gas prices to get an understanding). Getting into it now would be ridiculously expensive. Those of us who have been in it for a while for the most part have materials to see through to the end of the fashion craze but jewelry is right on the heels of hair extensions so who knows. I also think it's idiocy to encourage anyone to take up fly tying. All these newbies will come into it accustomed to fashion driven prices and will never demand reason to fully return, so they will be glad to support suppliers and shops that want to maintain the irrationally driven profit margin. You can't fight the free-market and the only influence the consumer has is demand, you have to dry up demand to control gouging. I suspect I'm done teaching beginning fly tying classes. I also think it would be a very good idea to remind every gal walking around with feather adornments that those came from live birds, some pen raised some wild. Pointing out that these birds were killed for their fashion statement, much like minks and ermine. Maybe we can convince some of the fringe to return to throwing blood on fashionistas again.