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#11 Posted : Monday, July 11, 2016 8:13:57 AM(UTC)
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TreArrow wrote:
....I've tied and fished more I've realized that you will go broke or mad if you keep trying to aquire every material under the sun with which to tie with. As a result, I've become more pragmatic and creative in my material choices. Don't worry, even if your herl is not bronze a fly tied with it will still catch fish! Presentation, fly size/profile all matter more to fish than subtle variations in color.

Very very good point.

I tie stuff without the 'right' material all the time. Sometimes it's because I don't have what the pattern calls for and end up substituting something that gets close. Other times it's because I like a different material because it's easier to work with, more durable, etc. Good example actually is peacock herl. Peacock colored dubbing is a lot more durable, so I use it when I can, especially on a nymph like the thorax on a Lightning Bug.
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#12 Posted : Monday, July 11, 2016 12:01:11 PM(UTC)
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Common wisdom says "When color matters, it matters least." Size, profile, and presentation will be more important than minor color differences nearly every time.
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