The Pitfalls of Buying Fur and Feather Online

You’d think I would have learned by now. But no. I still make stupid mistakes when it comes to buying fly tying materials online. Latest failure: ordering a Hareline Premo Deer Hair strip sight unseen.

Wrong. The hair is short, stiff, and coarse, totally unsuited for my needs. If I’d seen this item in a shop I would have quickly rejected it. Oh sure, I’ll find a use for it some day, but for now it only serves as a reminder to never buy large fur patches sight unseen unless you have a reliable description and a trusted source.

This is not to say that Hareline products are lousy: I have dozens and dozens of great Hareline items in my bins, and the replacement deer hair patch I found — which is spectacular — is from Hareline.

Two deer hair patches from Hareline. The one on the left is gorgeous — beautiful, long hair fibers. The one on the right is garbage. When it comes to buying fur, saddles, feathers, and skins online, sight unseen, caveat emptor.

Deerhair

3 comments on “The Pitfalls of Buying Fur and Feather Online

  1. Alton Blodgett says:

    I feel your pain, and it’s familiar sensation. It drives me nuts when that happens and I’d rather go to a brick and mortar store. The only problem is that any of them that were nearby have gone out of business. You almost need a personal “picker” working on the inside of each mail order house. And how you do that is beyond me.

    • Steve Culton says:

      The worst part is that I saw a spectacular rusty brown strip at a store in upstate NY earlier this year and didn’t buy it. Argh…

      • Alton Blodgett says:

        Oh yeah, I’ve done similar things many times…to the point where my wife now says if you want it stop and buy it now. Sheesh, I hate it when she’s right. 😉

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