Patriot you should revisit my msg to you. Too late though I'm afraid. Hope things work out.
I haven't forgotten your comments. I think that either before or after we chatted, my Ultra Midge hackle packs arrived from FE. I've since used some of these hackles and they were indeed perfect for my small flies. So from that experience, I never had any reason to worry when I placed my order today.
But, you know what's funny (to me anyway) about my order? I needed some RED midge hackle. Red! I know, I know, ... I do hope you won't tell anyone about this.
Why red hackle?, you ask. I'll explain. On page 69 of Vince Marinaro's "In The Ring Of The Rise", he describes a dry fly pattern he calls the "old Red Quill" dry fly. It has a body of stripped peacock herl, the wings are pale starling feathers, the tail is red feather fibers and the hackle is "bright red cock hackle".
He attributes this fly pattern to A. Courtney Williams (I'm not sure who that is) who noted that this is a very successful pattern for "bulging" or "tailing" fish.
So, before I left for the San Juan River last week, I bought some rather poor red hackle from our local Sportsman's Warehouse and tied a single, "old Red Quill", just to humor myself. (I made this fly without the starling wings because I do not have any. I think I substituted some hackle tips for wings.)
I very rarely fish dry flies, but with this particular fly - and not to offend Vinny, I did as he instructed and fished it dry. I goo-ed it up with "Gink" floatant, and tossed it out. After a few casts the fly was ripped from the waters surface. Upon inspection, the 6x tippet had been broken. What I did was make a huge fool of myself.
To be honest, I was stunned when this happened because this was the last thing that I ever expected. I just stood there like a statue (dummy?) for a minute or two. I think I felt that way because I never ever believed that this crazy fly would do a bit of good other than waste my time and some tippet material. Man, was I wrong.
So, now you know why I'm loading up on red midge hackle. If, and when, the red hackle arrives, I'm going to tie 100 "old Red Quills" and dedicate them all to Vincent Marinaro. Hopefully, he'll forgive me for being a doubting thomas. (doubting dumba$$, would probably be more appropriate. Ha!)