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WI-fly  
#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.


-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.
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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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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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