Brian and I decided to start a small business…Little did we know what a wild ride it would take us on.
Now Kooskia doesn’t have very much there, but nestled along the main road, across from the grocery, is a nondescript building. This building, unbeknownst to probably most anyone traveling through, houses Nature’s Spirit. One of the premier distributors for fly tying material in the world.
In the weeks leading up to this trip, we worked up a game plan for our first two classes we would be teaching- Intro to Fly Tying and Intermediate Fly Tying, and our first commercial order of flies. Then we made the list-the list of materials we needed to get started.
The list consisted of your basics- thread, hooks, peacock herl, dubbing and the like.
I clicked “Send”… and off it went to the Natures Spirit crew to start pulling.
That Saturday, we took a drive.
Now we can’t just drive by the pull off for Peck, without stopping to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Red Shed. So we went and scoped out the new paint job at the Shed, and spent some much needed time visiting with Poppy, Linda and Daisy. If you ever find yourself traveling along the Clearwater River in Idaho, be sure to take a quick turn to the Red Shed. You won’t be disappointed.
We meandered our way further upriver, until we crossed the bridge into Kooskia.
Thomas, the owner of Natures Spirit, and fellow Norvise Ambassador, greeted us. I was in absolute awe. It was like a kid in a candy store… I had flash backs to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… only this wasn’t a movie, and it was fly tying material. Rows and rows of storage containers and shelving full of every type of fly tying material you could imagine. The shop cat Allister even made an appearance to see what we were up to. That is one lucky shop cat.
After perusing the room with all the finished materials, Thomas gave us the grand tour.
The hide room was probably the most impressive, with the dye room not far behind.
Thomas took the time to show us on the hides, where the different types of hair come from, and how they process them. In the dye room, there were totes full of raw feathers waiting to take on our favorite colors.
It’s easy to overlook how our materials get to us on the shelves at stores. The amount of work that goes in to prepping it, dying it, sorting and packaging it, is more than I ever imagined.
Once we had the materials we ordered, and a few extra (of course!)- it was time to head out.
Our next stop was for a celebratory drink at the local tap room, beer:30 in Kamiah. If you are traveling along US 12, this is a great little watering hole.