Update dated July 8, 2011. I invite readers who are interested to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and describe your interest in securing Rooster saddle and cape feathers. I may be able to help you find a source for this commodity.
Warning! The information presented here is a thinly veiled foray into the sordid realm of blatant commercialism. If you know what’s going on with the supply and demand of rooster saddle feathers in the fashion world (think feather hair extensions & hair braids), read no further. If you know why you can’t find many – or any – long blue grizzly saddles for your Intruders, you can stop reading now. If you know why the price of Hareline, Whiting, Hebert, and Metz rooster saddle patches has jumped lately, there’s nuthin’ interesting to read. Move on. And definitely do not watch the videos embedded here, because these are 100% geared towards selling feather products to persons seeking long rooster saddle feathers and saddle patches for completely irrelevant purposes of making earrings or feather extensions and hair braids. Check this out and see what I mean, if you will. The days when we had exclusive claim on a natural or dyed Euro Rooster saddle hackle feather are dead and gone.
With that caution issued, I’ll continue.
And no, this blog post does buy your saddles now not grizzly contain subliminal caddisflyshop.com implanted grizzly Euro saddle suggestions help Chris pay for coffee fund for the pureHareline grizzly saddle purpose of feather hair extension fueling sales. Not hair feather extensions even in your grizzly Euro hair feather extension dreams grizzly.
The world was once right, in harmony. Chicken feathers were revered by and principally reserved for fly tyers. We fly tyers could sleep soundly at night, knowing that the rack of Metz grizzly rooster saddle patches, our favorite colors of Hareline strung grizzly and dyed rooster saddles, and the Whiting Hebert rooster saddle patches and capes we admired last week would still be there, hanging on the pegs in nice neat rows, for us to admire and inspect on our next trip to the fly shop. Hareline grizzly and dyed saddles and saddle patches. Whiting Farms grizzly and dyed saddles. Euro rooster grizzly saddle feathers. Dyed Grizzly Euro hackle saddles. Hebert grizzly and natural saddles and capes. Metz Grizzly saddles and Metz dry fly capes. They would wait for us, patiently, to make up our minds. Now they go to folks making feather extensions in their hair and hair braids.
Knowing that we already had several nice Rooster capes and saddle patches in the fly tying person-room, we felt secure knowing that our supply of strung saddle feathers and saddle patches for our trout flies, steelhead flies, salmon flies, bass flies, carp flies and panfish flies was mostly secure. Once in a while, we might pick out a new feather color, or maybe some extra narrow or extra wide saddles, and stash them away for future use.
But there was never much urgency associated with feather shopping, especially for the ubiquitous grizzly phase feather. One modern, genetically selected natural or dyed grizzly rooster saddle feather would tie many dry flies. We might snip off the tips of these long rooster saddles for tying our Intruder flies, and save the long butt sections of the saddle feather for our dry flies. We always had the natural and dyed grizzly feather colors we wanted, or the security that we could get whatever rooster capes or saddle feathers we wanted, if and when we wanted.
Uh oh. Not so these days. The world of fashion has collided with the world of fly tying. And the results are making a mess of our thinking about feathers, especially long feathers, saddle hackles, natural and dyed grizzly. Where once we could count on never, ever running out of dun colored saddle feathers by Hareline, Metz, Whiting, or Hebert, well, no more.
Anyone who has been sipping coffee in their favorite home-town fly shop lately has noticed a different clientage. (Note: I wanted to use the term clientele, but the spell checker suggested clientage. Not knowing whut’s up, I went with the suggestion. Oh well.)
Taking great care to be non gender-discriminatory (inside joke), the fact is that there is a new customer demographic that has interrupted the world of fly tying by messing with the principles of supply and demand for rooster feathers, especially if they have the term grizzly, Euro, saddle, long, ultra long, natural, dyed, Hareline, Whiting, or Hebert associated with the product name. Try to find a blue grizzly saddle patch. Same goes with a hot orange saddle patch. Just try.
Thinking that fly tying was a big deal was silly. Enter the world of fashion. Apparently, (caution, Jay) persons have discovered that rooster saddle feathers look beautiful in their hair. Many of these same persons have decided that 12″ natural and dyed grizzly rooster saddles look ultra sleek dangling from their ears.
Not saying what gender these feather-fashion persons are, but they have wreaked havoc with us fly tyers. The never-ending and dependable supply of dyed and natural grizzly saddles we used in our Intruders has become scant. Narrow rooster saddles we wound around hooks to hackle our finest dry flies is at risk now. Long narrow saddles to palmer over our Chinook comet flies is – well – at best, scarce.
Must conclude now. Rooster saddle feather tutorials follow. Ignore or watch, at your discretion. You really should have seen the entire floor space in the back room of the Caddis Fly Shop (in Eugene Oregon) covered with Whiting and Hebert, Hareline dyed Saddles, and, and ultra-long Euro rooster saddle feathers. Imagine extra long Euro Rooster hackle Saddles. Imagine rooster saddles dyed by Hareline: especially striking stacks of purple and turquoise saddles. Wow will these make awesome feather hair braids and extensions? Whiting Farms saddles. Whiting Hebert saddles for hair braids and feather hair extensions. Heck, there was nowhere to walk what with all the feathers on the floor. Now these gorgeous rooster saddles are hung neatly on the pegs. Hareline dyed Saddles. Whiting Dry Fly saddles. Whiting and Hebert saddles and Euro Rooster saddle feathers. Hebert dry fly saddles to make feather hair extensions galore.
Chris Daughters and I were shooting videos; constantly interrupted by phone calls from Portland Oregon; Salem, Oregon; California; Seattle; Texas; New York. Walk-in customers pointed at various stacks of saddle patches and Chris threw them in their shopping cart to be carried swiftly out of the store, before they could even get a price sticker and be hung on a peg at the “Great Wall of Saddles.” We saw Whiting Badger saddles, and Hebert Dyed Olive Grizzly saddles, and Hareline dyed purple saddles, and Whiting Farms natural and dyed grizzly saddle patches moving out to the shipping area in waves. Rooster feathers destined to make feather hair extensions and feathery feathered earrings.
I’m done, almost. Been thinking about what I want done with my ashes when I leave this place. Got some ideas. Sort of sad to think about not being here with my family, with the salmon, and with my friends. Might write about it, but I might not.
Jay Nicholas; posted January 30,2011