Re: Local Flies..
+1 to what's been said.
Sometimes you will walk into a fly shop, and the guy or gal behind the desk is a signature fly tier for a fly company, and you know it. The flies that he or she ties can be a catalogued pattern, but they are tied better. Sometimes you will get the tweaked variation of his/her pattern that is now catching fish.
A customer of mine went into a little shack of a fly shop in Truckee, California, last year. He bought some of the local flies. He was kind of upset that he paid more per fly than he would had back at home. It stopped bothering him when he caught fish. Actually those were the first fish he caught on the Truckee ever after trying for two seasons. When I told him that his Burk's Hunchback Infrequens flies that he used were tied by Andy Burk, Umpqua Feather Merchant signature fly designer, he finally got it.