If you can’t find any hackles for your fly-tying bench, you can blame rocker Steven Tyler.
The front man from Aerosmith and current judge on American Idol popularized the new trend of wearing hackle feathers as an hair extension/accent. The idea originated in Colorado hair studios and is becoming more widespread.
The problem is that using the hackles as a millinery accessory is causing a shortage among fly-tying shops. It will also undoubtedly cause an increase in prices. Hopefully, the fad will be short-lived.
Story from The Indianapolis Star that was picked up by USA Today: People flock to fishy, feathery hair trend – USATODAY.com.