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There are lots of fly tying materials on the market and lots of people that want to sell them to you. Generally speaking, I'm not one of them. But every now and then I come across something I really like or which no one else seems to be offering. Those are the things you'll find here.

Fur and Feathers


Blood Marabou

Blood Marabou Blood MarabouBlood marabou is thin-stemmed, long-fibered turkey marabou (not to be confused with marabou shorts or "chickabou"). I personally pick through every inch of strung marabou I sell to ensure every feather you get is usable. I believe you will not find a better source of blood marabou than this site!

For examples of flies you can tie using blood marabou see Tying the Soft Hackle Streamer, Tying the Soft Hackle Sand Eel, and (webmaster Mike's favorite striper fly) Tying the BeastMaster General.

Blood Marabou Single Pack

Each pack contains one half ounce of best-quality, four to four and a half inch long strung blood marabou feathers. Enough to tie dozens of large saltwater streamers or a hundred or more smaller ones.

Colors: black, blue dun, chartreuse, olive, pink, purple, red, white, yellow,

Price: $4.99

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Blood Marabou Six Pack

Mixed colors: one pack each of black, white, olive, yellow, chartreuse, and blue dun.

Price: $24.99

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Bucktails, First Quality Streamer

Bucktails, First Quality Streamer These are top-quality bucktails--the same ones Jack used to tie BeastMaster Generals, Bucktail Beauties, and other of his patterns that rely on high-quality fibers. These tails have a high ratio of the long, crisp, finely-tipped fibers that make for the best streamer and dry fly wings. And almost every fiber is saturated in the stated color of the tail--no overabundance of natural brown hairs.

Colors: chartreuse, pink, white,

Price: $5.75

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Coyote Tails, Jumbo

Coyote Tails, JumboBeautiful, large American coyote tails about 18 inches long. The guard hairs vary in color from cream to tan to silver to black and make excellent tails and streamer wings. Try them in place of bucktail on Clousers, bonefish flies, and other patterns. The natural salt and pepper fibers are also well-suited to lobster, crab, and crayfish imitations. The scruffy gray underfur makes great dubbing for sub-surface flies.

Note: Coyote tails can vary quite a bit in color. When ordering, if there is a particular color of guard hair you're most interested in (e.g., silver/gray, tan, black, cream, salt-pepper) feel free to indicate so in the Comments field on the checkout form. I will try to select a tail that best matches what you're looking for.

Colors: natural,

Price: $6.99

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Fox Tails, Premium American Red

Fox Tails, Premium American RedBeautiful large American Red Fox tails. Each tail is sixteen to twenty inches long and includes the tip--enough tail to keep you tying for a long, long time! Tails have been professionally tanned and the bones removed.

Colors: natural,

Price: $9.99

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Raccoon Tails, Premium

Raccoon Tails, Premium Raccoon Tails, PremiumRaccoon was one of Jack's favorite tying materials and these are extra-large, premium tails, nicely barred, ten to fourteen inches long each. These undyed, natural tails have a nice mix of tan, golden, grey, brown, and black fibers. Tails have been professionally tanned and the bones removed.

Gartside patterns that feature raccoon include the Coondog, Coony Jack, and the Coony Cockroach.

Colors: natural,

Price: $3.99

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Synthetics


Corsair Tubing

Corsair Tubing Corsair TubingThis is the REAL stuff. Strong, durable, and malleable, this easy-to-use polyester or polyester/mylar tubing is used to tie some of the most realistic and interesting flies you can imagine. Each pack contains four feet of material, not three, like some imitators.

For examples of flies you can tie with corsair, read Tying the Floating Minnow, Tying the Corsair Sand Eel, and Tying the Featherwing FishHead.

Corsair Tubing 1/2 Inch Diameter

Use the 1/2 inch diameter to tie a wide variety of realistic baitfish imitations, floating minnows, FishHeads, and many more unusual and effective flies.

Colors: black, black/gold (metallic), gold (metallic), silver (metallic), white,

Price: $5.99

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Corsair Tubing 1/4 Inch Diameter

Use the 1/4 inch diameter for smaller baitfish: Corsair Sand Eels, FishHead Sand Eels, Silversides, etc.

Colors: black, white,

Price: $5.99

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Flashabou

FlashabouThis is the original soft and swimming Flashabou that makes a sparkling addition to any salt or freshwater fly. Strong mylar fibers that have the flash of tinsel and the action of marabou. Excellent in all types of flies. Use it for tails, winging,side flash, wound bodies, ribbing, throats, and carapaces. And at a great price!

Package contains 2000 strands in 10 inch strips.

Colors: chartreuse,

Price: $3.39

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Gartside's Secret Stuff

Gartside Gartside's Secret StuffYou too can be a magician at the vise with Gartside's Secret Stuff (or "GSS" for short). Wow your friends! Catch more fish! Have more fun! Learn the arcane secrets of "The Great Gartside, the Fly-Tying Magician" and make them your own.

This ultra-fine 8 inch long hair-like material is incredible! It moves in the water like no other synthetic material I've ever used and has a translucent luster that outrivals nature's.

Use it alone or blended with natural materials to create the most effective baitfish imitations you've ever tied. Use it as a hair substitute for lively and realistic streamers and baitfish imitations. Use it instead of Flashabou to form highly visible parachute wings, spinner wings, tails, hackle and bodies on all sorts of flies.

And here's the best part (for fans of epoxy flies). With GSS you can form realistic epoxy-like heads or bodies without the muss or fuss or weight of epoxy. This is fun stuff! Magic stuff!

For examples of flies you can tie with GSS, read Tying the Secret Baby Baitfish, Tying the Blueback Herring, and Two Simple Secret Flies.

GSS Single Pack

Each package contains enough material to tie hundreds of flies.

Colors: chartreuse, olive, pearl,

Price: $5.99

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GSS Three Pack

One each, chartreuse, olive, and pearl.

Colors: chartreuse, olive, pearl,

Price: $13.99

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GSS Two Pack

Save when you buy two packs of GSS.

Colors: 1 chartreuse & 1 olive, 1 chartreuse & 1 pearl, 1 olive & 1 pearl, 2 chartreuse, 2 olive, 2 pearl,

Price: $9.99

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Secret Fly Kit

Secret FliesGet everything you need to start tying flies with Gartside's Secret Stuff--and save a few dollars to boot. The Secret Flies book has step-by-step instructions for dozens of patterns, plus important tips for working with the material. The two packs of GSS provide enough material to tie hundreds of flies. Kit includes: Jack's book Secret Flies for Fresh and Salt Water + 2 packs of Secret Stuff

Colors: 1 chartreuse & 1 olive, 1 chartreuse & 1 pearl, 1 olive & 1 pearl, 2 chartreuse, 2 olive, 2 pearl,

Price: $27.99

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Holographic Flashabou

Holographic FlashabouSoft, teasing marabou action with holographic fibers that blend in or provide contrast to the the wing or other background materials, depending on light or perception angle. And at a price few if any can match. An ideal lifelike flash material for all salt and fresh water streamers.

Package contains 2000 strands in 10 inch strips. NOTE: Black and silver temporarily out of stock

Colors: green,

Price: $3.79

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Lateral Scale

Lateral ScaleHedron Lateral Scale is a 1/16 inch wide, somewhat thicker "corrugated" mylar that's exceptionally strong. Ideal for adding flash or an unusual touch to large salt or fresh water streamers. I use it primarily as a "cinching" material for many of my Gurglers, to tighten or "cinch" down the shell to the body and also to protect the foam shell from toothy fish. Also used to form lifelike casings on shrimp bodies or flash thoraxes on nymphs. The creative tyer will find lots of uses for this material.

Lateral Scale

If you can find it cheaper anywhere else, buy it!

Colors: red,

Price: $4.10

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Small Worm and Eel Chenille

Small Worm and Eel ChenilleApproximately 1/8 inch in diameter, this fine suede chenille is ideal for tying small sand eels, small cinder worms, San Juan worms, Baby Buggers, and many other effective flies.

Each pack contains nine twelve feet of material!

Colors: olive, olive/brown/rust, rust,

Price: $1.99

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Sticky Back Foam

Sticky Back Foam Sticky Back FoamFor gurglers, sliders, beetles, hoppers, all kinds of floating flies.

This high-buoyancy closed-cell foam has a sticky underside--just peel away the protective backing and press against another piece of foam (sticky or non-sticky) for instant adhesion. Press multiple sheets together to create foam as thick as you want. Press different colors together to achieve two-tone or even triple-tone effects. Create foam whose underside presents a dark silhouette (to fish) and whose topside presents a high-visibility surface (to fishermen). Lots of fun!

Each sheet 4.5 inches by 6 inches. 1/16 inch (2mm) thick.

For examples of flies you can tie with sticky-back foam, read Tying the Double Gurgler, Tying the Gurgler, and Tying the Gartside Bug.

Sticky Back Foam Single Sheet

Colors: black, blue, green, orange, pink, red, white, yellow,

Price: $0.39

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Sticky Back Foam Ten Pack

Includes two white and one each of black, blue, brown, green, pink, red, purple, and yellow.

Price: $3.49

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Sticky Back Foam Two Pack

Includes two sheets of any one color.

Colors: black, blue, green, pink, red, white, yellow,

Price: $0.69

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Wiggle Worm Chenille

Wiggle Worm Chenille Wiggle Worm ChenilleWiggle Worm Chenille is a two-ply plush chenille, ideal for tying up fat and juicy worm patterns (Palolo Worms, Redfish Worms, etc.), Worm Gurglers and Sliders, and super-meaty wooly buggers. The Cinder Worm chenille is perfect for tying spawning cinder worm patterns and has many other uses as well.

See my article Tying the Wiggle Worm for step-by-step instructions on a fly you can tie using Wiggle Worm Chenille.

Each pack contains nine twelve feet of material!

Colors: brown/black, cinder worm, cream, olive, orange, purple, rust, violet,

Price: $3.49

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Tools


Fly Comb

Fly CombWhen it came to tying tools, there were a select few that Jack swore by and was never without: his Materelli whip finisher, his dubbing needle mounted in an ancient elk horn handle, his Mini Hook, and a small comb of the type commonly used for eyebrows. It was a must, especially for his soft hackle and GSS flies. Of it Jack wrote:

"An eyebrow comb is one of the handiest tools a fly tyer can own. It is extremely useful for combing out unwanted material, raking bodies to increase bugginess, distributing material, and for all-around fly grooming."

Eyelash combs are available for five dollars or more at most drug and beauty supply shops. Or you can purchase them here for a whole lot less.

Fly Comb

A one inch long comb set at the end of a four inch handle with 1/3 inch long plastic teeth. Plastic teeth are usually the best choice for combing out flies tied with natural materials (like feathers and hairs) or finer synthetics (like GSS) since they have more give and are less likely to tear the material or pull out thread. Better a broken tooth than a broken fly!

Price: $1.25

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Fly Comb 3-Pack

Price: $2.99

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Mini Hook Hackle Pliers

Mini Hook Hackle PliersBest hackle pliers in the world! For sheer gripping power, working in small spaces, and durability, none compare to the Mini Hook. I've been using mine for almost fifteen years. Don't be fooled by cheap imitations that grip poorly and cut hackle stems with their sharp edges.

Mini Hook

Price: $3.99

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Mini Hook 4-pack

Buy three and get a fourth free!

Price: $12.99

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Bargains


From time to time I have items available at a discount--discontinued materials or colors, for example, or seconds, overstock, and so on. These are offered here. Quantities are limited.


Bucktails, Medium

Bucktails, MediumOccasionally when I order my first quality bucktails I'll receive a few that I consider undersized. These are still very nice tails, nine to ten inches long and at a great price.

Colors: white,

Price: $4.25

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Marabou Quills

Marabou QuillsThese marabou quills are the ones I pick out when culling my strung blood marabou for stems too thick to qualify as blood. So while they're not of blood stem thickness, these 4 to 4.5 inch long quills are high quality marabou nonetheless, suitable for tails, overwings, throats, or any application that doesn't require wound marabou.

Each 4 by 6 bag is stuffed full with quills.

Colors: black, blue dun, chartreuse, olive, pink, yellow,

Price: $1.99

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