Recently I loaded up some of my fly tying material so that I would have what I need to tie a few flies during our winter sojourn in Arizona. As I went through the drawers and boxes where I store my various materials I was reminded of the early years when I was just beginning to tie flies. I soon realized that many of the materials that I needed to tie flies came from birds and animals that lived around my home in Michigan. It seemed logical that I could collect many of my own materials. Thus began several years of hunting and gathering furs and feathers right from the source.