American Idol Judge Steven Tyler is Hurting Hackle Supplies in Fly-Fishing Shops - Page 2
Mary Lee Wood told the Register that she spent $600 at Bob Marriott’s Fly Fishing Store in Fullerton, Calif., to replenish her feather supply. She sells them at $15 per cluster of four.
One customer wanted to place a $10,000 order with Marriott’s, and you know it wasn’t for tying Pheasant Tail or Hares Ear Emerger flies. The shop relunctantly turned her down because it couldn’t fill the order.
As much as this plumage shortage might be a problem for hair salons, it’s apparently a bigger one for fly-tiers, who are having a problem finding feathers for fly-tying.
“I just went to my fly shop, and they were completely out of hackle,” Malcom Robertson of Colorado told AnglingTrade.com. “None, zip. ... I wonder what’s going on there? I can’t believe that fly shop is out of hackle.”
Marriott’s has addressed that issue. Vice president Ann Stamper told the Register that her shop has limited sales to make sure long-time customers who use feathers for fly-tying can still get them. Still...
“It’s crazy,” Stamper said. “We can’t keep them in stock. I don’t know if it’s going to be a phase, like Beanie Babies.”
Fly-tiers certainly hope it's just a phase. Of course, they also hope the next hair-style trend doesn’t involve ostrich plume feathers.