Perhaps 20 or more years ago I bought two large ( 6” by 6”) patches of cow elk (natural, unbleached) from a pro tier friend of mine. For those of you math challenged, that’s 36” square inches per piece, or 72 square inches of the best damn natural light elk money can buy. It’s hollow right out to the tips, and has the last 1/32nd (??) of an inch as the black tips so highly sought after.
Im convinced that pro tiers can get tying supplies that the rest of us plebeians just can’t get in retail
outlets. Im not entirely sure how many Caddis flies have come off of 72 square inches of those elk pieces, but it’s very probably thousands.
Those pieces are just about gone, with probably one square inch left of the second patch. I’ll post a pic if I get down to the tying room later, as I’ve tied up another couple of dozen LaFontaine Emergent Sparkle Pupa Caddis’ in tan coloration in 16’s; 18’s; and 20’s for the fall Caddis emergencies upcountry if it ever cools down enough to actually flyfish for Salmonids again.
I also get my marabou from pro tiers as they’re privy to getting stuff that puts the junk we get in retail shops to shame for Buggers and Gartside Soft Hackle Streamers.
Keep those vises hot, as Fall is coming( slowly, but it IS coming)
PS: Hey Admins; Why can’t I stay logged in?