How often I fly fish has ebbed and flowed since I was about 6 years old. First it was girls, cars, college, then various kinds of hunting and such. But I always come back. Been really getting the itch lately. Last night I dusted off my old fly tying equipment and was reading an old book on the basics. My fly tying experience never got much farther than tying simple nymphs and eggs, never quite got the skill to tie the dries and tougher patterns. I have pretty much all of the tools needed, but was wondering if anybody could provide me with a short list of actual fly tying materials that are sort of the "must haves" for tying the usual patters for northern michigan, mainly the NE LP. I mostly fish the Au Sable and the Manistee, but I get around to other spots a decent amount. Do any of you simply use deer hair from deer you've killed or taken from road kill? Seems more rewarding than paying for a cut of deer fur online. I was also wondering if any of you use birds you harvested. I'm going on a preserve pheasant hunt this weekend and of course can keep as many carcasses as I want. I've tanned and treated hides before, so I was also wondering if any of you do that, and if so, if you could let me know the good birds around here that are worth keeping, and also what you do to go about preserving the skin and feathers. Aside from pheasants, I was hoping to set aside a grouse or two this fall, along with a wood duck and a few goose wings. I was assuming just skin the bird, shave off all excess fat and such, then treat the inside of the skin with borax or salt.