Week 7 – Save Your Materials
A really short and simple tip this week. If you want to keep your natural materials in good condition make certain to keep them in the original bags they come in and separate from your other materials. Now that the tip has been stated, let me explain why.
Natural materials, we're talking fur and feathers, are harvested from live animals. Sometimes these animals are breed and raised for human consumption or use and the fur or feathers are a byproduct of the harvest. Various chickens, turkeys, pheasant, deer, rabbit, and cows are a few of the common animals that fall in this category. However, many "wild" animals are also processed and used in fly tying. Bear, Moose, Elk, wild Turkey, grouse, Wood Duck, and partridge are some of the common 'wild' fly tying materials. Even though all of these are processed (meaning washed or bleached or dyed or tanned) sometimes small creepy crawly bugs remain. Mostly eggs that somehow survived the processing of the materials. If you buy your materials and then throw them in a bin with all your other feathers or furs you run the risk of these little buggers chewing up all of your other materials.
When you buy your furs or feathers they come in a air tight bag. Make certain to place them back in the same bag as they came in in order to insure they are preserved for as long as possible. If you happen to harvest and process your own materials make certain to place them in an air tight plastic [Ziploc] bag. This will make certain if they have any insects they will not get into you other materials.
If you keep your materials in their original packaging you can preserve them longer. Plus, you'll know just what the hell you have in your box of furs. If you lump them all together you might not be able to tell the Arctic Fox, from the Temple Dog, or the Red Fox fur. Make it easy on yourself and make them last.