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So as a I start getting ready for tying some hair jigs, I am wondering what kind of supplies you can get at Michaels.  Is the thread used on jigs specific for fishing or will any basic thread work?  Has anyone bought any Marabou or other materials from Michaels?  Thanks for any info.    

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There is some decent stuff but I really do prefer the Danville 210 thread.  IMO the feathers suck I've found that they tend to run and bleed out.   I had a bunch of guys that sent me feathers for jigs or return postage and I finally learned how to dye them myself. 

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Ive tryed regular sewing thread when i first started but you are definitely getting some 210 denier flat-waxed nylon thread. I prefer 140 utc myself but until you get the pressure down, 210 is the way to go. I would also suggest bobbins with a pvc type insert. 

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I would think Michael's is more suited to fly fishing.  I buy craft foam and permanent markers mostly.  The only thread I buy, at any craft store are some metallic threads, Gold, Silver and Copper and a clear polyester thread.  I do use the clear polyester thread when I'm tying buck tails and bait fish patterns.  I plan to use it when I tie some jigs up for my fishing buddies over the winter.  If I'm doing a two tone jig, for example brown over orange, the colors show through the thread all the way to the jig head.  It's less bulky than regular thread.  I would keep away from the sewing threads.  Pick up some fly tying thread, like the 210 denier already mentioned. There are other types that can also be used.

  Forget about the feathers and marabou, it's just a waste of money.  You need marabou feathers(strung marabou)to tie jigs and I haven't found any feathers useful for streamers which means you won't find any that could be used for jigs.

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Lure Parts Online has the best maribou i've found + all else that is needed.  Good advice above, in my opinion.  

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Tying thread is cheap and so is bucktail and marabou.  I would stick to the fly tying specific stuff.  I have tried some of the Michaels stuff and it the quality isn't consistent and the color bleeds out.  Marabou is under $5 a pack and bucktail runs about the same.  only thing I get from a place like Michaels for tying is foam and beads.

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I get Copic markers from Michaels when I have a 40% or more off coupon. As for the thread, Danville 210 Denier flat waxed nylon is the way to go. Regular thread will build up on the collar really fast and it doesn't grip slick materials as well as the flat waxed nylon. 

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I get a lot of lure making supplies at Hobby Lobby, I'm sure Michael's is no different. 

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30 minutes ago, Bdnoble84 said:

Hobby Lobby is where i get all my airbrush supplies

I avoid Hobby Lobby like the plague.

 

Luckily, we have Hub Hobby here which has a large selection of paints, airbrushes and supplies.

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