Feather Trend Puts Stylists, Fishermen In Same Boat

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new trend in Minnesota has stylists scrambling and fishermen hoarding.

Feathers have popped up on celebrities and rock stars.

The same feathers fishermen use to make flies for fishing — and it looks like teen girls take the bait.

“Some of the fishermen want me to hide the feathers, but I’m a retail store, I’m not going to do anything different,” said Scott Struif, who runs the Fly Angler in Blaine.

He even started packaging them so women could find them better.

Fishermen usually pay about $18 for a pack of 10 feathers, but the trendy ones are now going for double.

Salon Sartor in Maple Grove is trying to keep up with the demand, paying the high prices to keep up with what teens want.

“You have to be ‘with it’ so you can get the young people in here. It’s an audience you don’t always get,” said owner Denise Sartor.

She’s hoping the feathers will turn some teens into regular customers.

Customers like Alyssa Scott, who said you can wash the feather extensions, curl them and dry them like real hair. On Thursday, Scott tried out a number of different colors.

Sartor said pink is a favorite for most teen girls, but she also thinks the trend is peaking.

Instead, Sartor said the next big thing will be tinsel — another product found in fisherman tackle boxes.


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