I've always read that in tying "traditional" Catskill dry flies, the wings are tied on first. Then the tail, the dubbing, the hackle, etc.
But my question is this: Is there an actual advantage of some sort to doing the wings first? Or is it just tradition for tradition's sake?
What I mean is, I've also noted that some talented fly tiers do the tail first. This is the way Poul Jorgensen instructs us to make a dry fly in his book "Poul Jorgensen's Book of Fly Tying." And he lived in Roscoe -- the very heart of Catskill fly-tying tradition!
Personally, I do find that tying in the tail first is a little easier than measuring for a tail and tying it in after the wings are already in place. But I do it both ways -- it doesn't really matter that much to me. Still, I'm curious about the traditionalists' emphasis on doing the wings first. I keep wondering if there is some obvious advantage to this method that I'm too dense to figure out.
Forgive me if this subject has been dealt with in this forum before...