Sunday, March 20, 2011

A trip to Dollar Tree netted a great find

I am always on the lookout for a great deal on materials that I can tie flies with. I went to dollar tree to get a present bag for a friends birthday. I ran out of some winging material I got from a garage sale which was sold by Rainy's .  I found that maybe a 2 inch by 8 inch of the material is about $2 .  I found pretty much the same thing at the dollar store for...  guess what... $1 lol .. It came in 3 sheets of 20x20 inches.  Here is a picture of rainy's material. It is the only pic I could find.  Great picture??  I think not..
Here is what I found and how I could duplicate it the above material for really cheap in 3 colors and get a lifetime supply

 This is what it looked like before I took it out of the bag. Hopefully you can find the same thing. Michael's sales it for about $3.50 I think as well
 It is clear but has a cool sheen too it.
 I will cut the piece I want and roll it in my fingers to wrinkle it quite a bit
 Here are some caddis wings I cut out of it from my wing cutter.
Here is a foam hopper I tied using the clear version Which was on the right of my picture that showed all three. You don't have to crinkle it but I do cause it gives it angles so it holds its shape a lot better and looks more like a real wing.  give it a try and see what you can come up with


  1. Good tip Dustin. I'm always on the lookout for different materials that can used for fly tying.

  2. That is some cool looking wing material. I am a big fan of using affordable materials. Found a similar product at a local craft-store cheap a couple of years ago. I make a great wing. I haven't been to the Dollar Tree lately. Gonna have get by there now :)

  3. teachtrec -- I knew you would like it. I have tried to find it earlier at walmart and target and could not find any so I was happy to find it at dollar tree.

  4. I love finding bargain fly tying materials in unexpected places. Nice post.

  5. right on dustin, craft shops have awesome/cheap materials...I like to make fly boxes from foam and containers from michaels.. sweet blog

  6. Nice, that's brilliant. After one start tying flies, Dollar tree, Hobby Lobby, and even Home Depot becomes a extended fly tying supply store. For a while the Waddington shanks were depleted in the fly tying market and since I wanted to continue tying stinger flies – I used thin cotter pins from Home Depot …worked fine and was a whole lot cheaper.

  7. Very good idea, I'm gonna have to check my dollar store some time soon now. These would make good under wings for my upcoming hopperfest lol.

  8. Hi Dustin! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Wow - wouldn't have thought of Dollar Tree as a source for lure tying supplies, but I love Dollar General, Family Dollar & Dollar General just for the off-beat bargains you can find there sometimes. You go with your bad self! :)

  9. Oops - meant Dollar TREE instead of two trips to Dollar General. :)

  10. I am heading again to see what other gems they have. I need to get some hard as nails and I am sure they will carry that

  11. Never know where you will find hidden gems...good post!


  12. Dustin, break the wings when you cast?
    In Spain there is a similar material, but it seems very weak.

  13. this seems to be a little thicker than what I have used in the past. Make sure to make a clean cut and you should be fine

  14. don't you just love finding cheap material at craft shops? i work at a michaels arts and crafts store so i get all kinds of foam sheets feathers furs yarn etc. neat blog by the way

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