Feathers for fishing become fashion

12:10 PM, Jun 7, 2011   |    comments
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LAKE ELMO, Minn. --  At Bob Mitchell's Fly Shop in Lake Elmo the talk is almost always centered on fly fishing; the types of feathers used, the way to tie a fly, how the fish are biting and then something happened.

"Something very strange happened, yes," said Michael Alwin of the Fly Shop.

A few months ago the talk turned from feathers for flies to feathers for hair. A trend in the hair fashion industry trickled down to fly shops after hair stylists couldn't meet their demand for feathers. Mitchell's fielded calls from as far away as Washington state and California.

"It's a pretty weird trend," said Alwin. "We're harvesting a chicken and you're taking the feathers and tying them into your hair for decoration."

A bundle of the feathers sells for $25 at Mitchell's, while a hair extension with just a few feathers and a clip can cost as much as $30.

But if it's like any other fashion that's come before it, odds are it's just a matter of time before the fad fades and fly fishing anglers have their feathers all to themselves again.

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