I'm starting to replace the materials and flies I lost to a fire. Buying fresh materials, especially feathers , got me thinking of why we are using some of them. So I thought to start a topic asking some Q:s that I"ve asked myself for years. Please don't answer it's tradition. I tie traditional flies but for day in and day out fishing I tie toward my own ideas.
I love the look of the wood duck flank wing but why are we using a light brown material to represent the
grey wings ? I.E. Quill Gordons, Red Quills, Hendricksons etc. Wouldn't Mallard dyed different shade of grey or duck,goose quill be more accurate?