Last night I was tying a favorite streamer pattern -- a hybrid of a zonker and a woolly bugger -- and it occurred to me that one of the reasons it is a favorite pattern is because it uses two of my favorite materials (rabbit strips and crystal chenille). That got me thinking that probably we all have materials that we especially like, either for the ease of working with them, their versatility, or how they behave in the water, etc. And, just as surely, we all probably have materials that we dislike, for similar reasons.
So now I'm curious -- what do you love to work with, and what do you hate? I'll start -- I love working with rabbit strips, marabou, crystal chenille, and Australian 'Possum. My "dislikes" would be schlappen, any wing material made of ultra-thin synthetic sheets, raffia/"Swiss Straw" (remember that stuff?), and glue of all sorts.
An idle thought for a Friday morning...there may or may not be a swap idea brewing behind this question...we'll see.