Finally, the hackle fad ended

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

  1. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    I'm gonna start wearing dark glasses & a disguise whenever I visit JoAnn's Fabric store . . . just in-case . . .
     
  2. Krusty

    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    With the shortage of 22 cal you'd think young women must be tying them in their hair....but, of course, this time ... the enemy is us.

    I have to say the hackle shortage never really bothered me; I had a good supply and knew, with absolute certainty, that the fad would end. Novelty soon ceases to remain novelty.
     
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  3. GAT

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    Gluing CDC puffs to your eyelids might help keep your head above water if you fall in... maybe there's a practical purpose.

    Goth look or clown look... at this point I'm glad we didn't have kids :D
     
  4. GAT

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    I wonder what Whiting and Metz does with those dead chickens.... perhaps they are in cahoots with KFC????
     
  5. Patrick Allen

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    You know KFC doesn't use real chickens!!!
     
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  6. 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.
     
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    Thanks for the good news Gene, maybe now both the price per cape/saddle and variety of colors will improve.
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. Patrick Gould

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    It seems like the price is already down.
     
  10. 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.
     
  11. 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.
     
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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!
     
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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
     
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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.