Here is something I tied today. I know there are a lot of mistakes. Have some great guys helping me out with the technical aspects of these flies. I kind of got away from tying bugs. I can just raid David's box for bugs. Haha.
you have all the elements for a stunning fly. Your wingset is killer and the black tippet line matches with the herl so thats bonus points! With very small adjustments this would be an 11/10. A shorter, steeper tail crest would be the main adjustment I would make. I would suggest finer oval tinsel for the tip but the same number of wraps. I would also suggest one less rib wrap. Not because 5 is the standard number but it would look better in this case IMO. I would also be very selective about the body hackle I chose to try to achieve a better hackle taper and select a throat lenght to extend that taper through the throat if possible. Keep in mind I am a fly tying hack and these opinions very well may be different than your own and others. Marty also tends to tie a longer tag than most and while thats not my style I think it would look killer on this fly.
I normally wouldnt be that nit picky because my flies arent nearly this good but you were very close to absolutely knocking it out of the park.
Thanks for those tips. The oval tinsel was fine should have used extra fine of some older vintage tinsel. The throat I should have stopped at that point. My body hackle was tapered and then I measured throat and it looked good. When I put it on it was to long. I should have taken it off at that point. I'm glad you liked it. Don't worry about nit picking I need that to perfect these. So don't hold back.
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