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#11 Posted : Thursday, August 9, 2018 6:33:08 PM(UTC)
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I offhandedly mentioned the lack of thin purple sheet foam to a co-worker and got a interesting response as to why: Cosplay. Apparently kids are buying up the stuff in bulk to make costumes of their favorite comic and movie characters. Foam is easy to work with and purple appears to be popular color.

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I remember a few years back when fly tying feathers got scarce and expensive when women starting using them as fashion accessories in their hair.

Crazy world.


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Bill - You should read the book The Feather Thief. It's a true account of the obsession with feathers in fashion and fly tying. It is a fantastic read. Once I started reading it, couldn't put it down.
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#12 Posted : Thursday, August 9, 2018 7:34:55 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: WI-fly Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: William Schlafer Go to Quoted Post
I offhandedly mentioned the lack of thin purple sheet foam to a co-worker and got a interesting response as to why: Cosplay. Apparently kids are buying up the stuff in bulk to make costumes of their favorite comic and movie characters. Foam is easy to work with and purple appears to be popular color.

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I remember a few years back when fly tying feathers got scarce and expensive when women starting using them as fashion accessories in their hair.

Crazy world.


-Bill


Bill - You should read the book The Feather Thief. It's a true account of the obsession with feathers in fashion and fly tying. It is a fantastic read. Once I started reading it, couldn't put it down.



I blame this guy:

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Dude may look like a lady (from a distance) but when he started wearing feathers suddenly the cost of good saddle hackle skyrocketed.


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#13 Posted : Thursday, August 9, 2018 7:52:11 PM(UTC)
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That's hysterical. Related to that, I was at a friend's farm recently and she had several chickens with that long barred hackle. I told her, "If those chickens ever die, call me." I certainly got a strange look from her so I should have prefaced that with my desire for the feathers for fly tying.
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#14 Posted : Friday, August 10, 2018 12:56:13 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: WI-fly Go to Quoted Post


Bill - You should read the book The Feather Thief. It's a true account of the obsession with feathers in fashion and fly tying. It is a fantastic read. Once I started reading it, couldn't put it down.


Great book. Highly recommend it.
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#15 Posted : Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:13:48 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: WI-fly Go to Quoted Post


Bill - You should read the book The Feather Thief. It's a true account of the obsession with feathers in fashion and fly tying. It is a fantastic read. Once I started reading it, couldn't put it down.


There's also a recent episode of this American life about this from NPR
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#16 Posted : Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:38:33 PM(UTC)
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There's also a recent episode of this American life about this from NPR



Excellent! Thanks!


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#17 Posted : Wednesday, August 15, 2018 2:12:38 PM(UTC)
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Thanks Shebs. I just listened to it yesterday and this morning thanks to your recommendation. It's just as entertaining as the book.

When I was in Costa Rica this summer (after I read the book), I saw some beautiful birds there. In addition to admiring their beauty, I was also thinking about how I would like some of those feathers to add to my tying materials.
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#18 Posted : Wednesday, August 15, 2018 3:55:51 PM(UTC)
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When I was in Costa Rica this summer (after I read the book), I saw some beautiful birds there. In addition to admiring their beauty, I was also thinking about how I would like some of those feathers to add to my tying materials.



I'm sure you're aware, but be careful, that might be illegal. Most migratory birds (including Eagles) are protected and you can get in trouble for picking up feathers found on the ground. Turkeys, Pheasants, Geese and other game birds are exempt. Hefty fines for possession of any part of an animal (or plant) on the list.


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#19 Posted : Wednesday, August 15, 2018 5:38:56 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: WI-fly Go to Quoted Post

When I was in Costa Rica this summer (after I read the book), I saw some beautiful birds there. In addition to admiring their beauty, I was also thinking about how I would like some of those feathers to add to my tying materials.



I'm sure you're aware, but be careful, that might be illegal. Most migratory birds (including Eagles) are protected and you can get in trouble for picking up feathers found on the ground. Turkeys, Pheasants, Geese and other game birds are exempt. Hefty fines for possession of any part of an animal (or plant) on the list.


-Bill



Yep. I was only thinking about it. The only thing I came home with were a couple pounds of delicious Costa Rican coffee.
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#20 Posted : Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:18:21 AM(UTC)
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Anyone know the history of the hippie stomper and who originally tied it? Seems to be pretty popular out in Colorado this yr...
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