Hello everyone. I felt like I could make a small contribution to this particular forum after attending "The Fly Fishing Show" in Somerset, NJ this past weekend. I'm not trying to advertise a company or anything; I'm just spreading the word about an innovative (at least to me) fly-tying technique I saw while at the show: flip a slightly curved hook upside down and tie the fly backwards. I can't really do the technique justice in words, so I'll refer you to this site
First, I want to say that I have no affiliation with these guys. I just saw them at the show, and am in no way trying to push their products; I was simply wowed by the their technique. The flies they tied looked like real
flies! I just started tying flies in November, and a lot of mine look like they're supposed to (according to whatever book I'm referencing), but I have to be perfectly honest: they don't look real. Flies tied in this manner just look a lot more realistic, and after watching someone tie a Light Cahill, it doesn't appear to be any more difficult than tying a fly the standard way.
I don't think it's necessary to tie all
of your flies like this, but it's certainly a worthwhile consideration if you think a more realistic looking fly would get more fish to rise. I'm certainly going to give it a shot if I ever get good enough to fish for "selective trout." Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know of the highlight of my learning experience at the show. Hopefully this sparks some discussion, and if anyone has any opinions to the contrary, I'd love to hear them! Thanks a lot.