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WiflyfisherMay 7th, 2009, 6:52 am

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If you were going to shop for fly tying hackle online where would you start? Also, what words would you use if searching online?

Thanks for any input!
John S.
MartinlfMay 7th, 2009, 7:12 am
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
Hi John,

I'd use terms such as Whiting hackle, Keough hackle, Metz hackle, saddles, necks, and fly tying hackle. Also Whiting 100's.

If I buy online, and I am less inclined to do so more and more, I tend to stick with Whiting, which I believe provides more consistent feathers. I may purchase non Whiting hackles from someone I believe will choose carefully, if I know such a person.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
TroutnutMay 7th, 2009, 1:47 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
Yeah, I just order Whiting. It's kind of expensive, but I don't go through it very fast just tying for personal use. I've never lived somewhere with a local fly shop that routinely carried other stuff better than Whiting gold-grade.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
WiflyfisherMay 7th, 2009, 7:14 pm

Posts: 663
Sorry guys I am working on a website project. I am not asking you if you buy locally or online. I am looking for those who buy online what **keywords** you would use when searching online. There are a lot of FF'ers who don't live next to fly shops or cannot find exactly what they are looking for locally who end up buying online, that is the targeted audience.
John S.
TroutnutMay 8th, 2009, 9:29 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
Aha! Good that you clarified intent.

I would search for "whiting gold hackle."

Having just tried that to see how I'd do, I find that Whiting doesn't grade their hackle anymore... so there's no gold/silver/bronze, just Whiting hackle.

Of course, if you're making a site for one of their competitors, that wouldn't make much sense.

Really, though, don't rely on a handful of anecdotal guesses from us... get WordTracker or whatever the latest, greatest keyword tool is. I haven't followed them for a couple years.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
WiflyfisherMay 9th, 2009, 4:16 am

Posts: 663
Jason, I use WordTracker and I use Google's keyword tool all the time, but I still like to get some feedback from the targeted audience. Feedback can also help find differences from various geo-regions, as well as find products they may not be normally selling... example - Whiting 100 packs.
John S.
PatcrisciMay 12th, 2009, 9:57 am
Lagrangeville, NY

Posts: 119
I recently bought Whiting hackle thru Cabela's and am completely satisfied.
Pat Crisci

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