Finding joy in the outdoors since 1988
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After getting started tying I realized that ideas were everywhere. I no longer rolled my eyes and faked being sick when the wife wanted to go shopping. I was on patrol. You start looking at the crafts section for beads, feathers, chenille, yarn types, waxed thread, waterproof glue, etc. I am proud to say that my wife actually waited in the car while I begged her stop at a Joann fabric joint.
This is one your probably not going to be able to convince your wife to pull over for, dead animals. As gross as they may be there also lies many'o'valuable feathers an fur dubbing ready to go with no price tag. One thing to remember: Things are somewhat time sensitive. Not that feathers are going to decompose or grow some brain rotting bacteria or anything but in order for the feathers to be at their best they need not be in the elements for too long. I generally go for the good samaritan approach: I take the animal and dump it elsewhere. Not that roadkill really bothers me but I'd feel weird if someone saw me pick through a dead bird's feathers and put them in my pocket and drive off. It just seems "smoother" to move the carcass elsewhere.
Other things to look out for:
There are many substitutes you can use for tying. Are they always the longest lasting or perfect materials, of course not, but if your not hurting the fishing and still having fun, I say go for it.
There are a lot of great ways to add to your lure making hobby, if you know of some good ones I've missed let me hear about it and I'll update the list.
Robbie is the creator of WF and loves to spend time in the outdoors chasing steelhead, upland birds, and the beauty of nature.