Favorite online shops for tying equipment

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  1. JohnB

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    I just moved to a place where I'm about 100 miles from the nearest well stocked fly shop. Does anyone have any suggestions for decent online shops for ordering some tying stuff? It seems like most places I find on google have about 2/3 of what I want and I'd rather not have to mess around with multiple orders from several stores.
     
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    I frequently use Waters West even though I have other shops near me.
     
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    I buy from a local shop, but the Feather Craft website is really comprehensive. Some folks like to "show room" at a local shop and then order online. I use Feather Craft to do the reverse.
     
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    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    Waters west is amazing. They have a lot of in house dyed stuff that is all top notch. At least then you don't get stuck with the reject packs that every one picks through on the shelves. Plus its a small business and a site sponsor. Definitely the highest quality and most comprehensive selection of feathers and fur out of the western wa shops. I can't wait till I have to drive through Port Angeles again, even though they have an online store
     
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    Bob Marriotts in Fullerton, CA carry almost anything for tying. I try to buy from Ellensburg area fly shops, but the service is so-so. If Bob Marriotts doesn't have it on their shelves (rarely happens), they can get it quickly. Caddis Fly Shop in Eugene, OR is also has outstanding service and selection. Just my 2c.
     
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    The stuff I've got from Waters West has been top notch. The orders have been filled almost instantly. At my doorstep 2 days later.
     
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    +1 for Feathercraft. but i do try to buy locally if possible.
     
  9. underachiever

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    I'm still kind of new to tying and until a few months ago most of my tying involved marabou. I picked a few traditional patterns I'd like to tie and talked to the people at Waters West who assembled "kits" for me. I guess most shops might do that but I was very happy with the service. Also, I've never found nicer marabou and fox than what I get from them.
     
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    Another vote for Waters West.
    One other option to consider is Barlows Tackle. They cater more towards bass fishing, but sell a variety of hooks and fly tying materials.
    Tons of different rubber kits you can use for legs if you tie bass bugs. Their customer service is top notch.
    http://www.barlowstackle.com/Jig-Tying-and-Fly-Tying-Material-C19.aspx
    SF
     
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    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    For hooks and most of my beads I go with Allen. For all my other beads, I go with RipLips.
     
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    Another vote for Waters west. I have been dealing with Dave for over 15 years. First by mail when I lived in Montana and now I get to go in to the shop and spend more money then I had planned.
     
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    The Red Shed is my local shop and covers almost all my needs. Poppy is great and I will also have him send things up when I do not have time for the hour drive each way. If he doesn't have materials I need for tying then I go to Waters West. Can't add anything to what has already been said about WW, just great to deal with. Rare when those two cannot cover what I need. Tend to use Schoff and Anglers workshop for rod building. I've used flyfishusa, the gorge fly shop, caddisfly, leland and red truck for things over the years and no real complaints. I try to use more local to get things as soon as I can. The big online dealers jstockard, feathercraft can have screaming deals at times. I have used them when I buy hooks because I like to buy in 100 packs.
     
  14. Ron McNeal

    Ron McNeal Life's good!

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    I second the "caddis" mention; they're really quick too. They seem to be quick to pick up new items/materials also.
     
  15. Ron McNeal

    Ron McNeal Life's good!

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    Another great shop to order from, and a sponsor of this Forum, is Pacific Fly Fishers in Mill Creek. I've placed on-line orders from them on a Sunday afternoon and had the stuff in my PO Box on Tuesday, two days later! And the orders were always complete, no back-orders...