I had heard a rumor from one of my favorite shop owners and then again from a big commercial fly tier. There was a shortage of saddle hackle and that it may continue. Winter and spring orders from many of the commercial hackle herders has been slow in coming or been on back order for a while. I thought he was pulling my Rooster. Then I saw this. http://www.finefeatherheads.com/ It seems this trend has taken the country by storm, and the gals from East to West are leading the charge. They are scooping up hackle as fast as it can be grown and the popular spas and stylists are close behind paying top dollar for the chickens that would normally have gone into fishing flies. Those of you with good supplies, looks like you may finally get a date with a pretty girl.