Originally Posted by Red Owl
I am currently reading Lee Wulff's "Trout on a Fly" and he said a plain gray nymph with a little peacock herl at the head worked great but he couldn't sell them. People wanted, gold ribs, hackle, etc.
I have seen these minimal patterns but never used them. Any thoughts?
In my experience, a hook with just palmered peacock herl will catch fish. I think it's the green/gold sparckle that you get off herl in the water that garners the strikes.
But Lee was right; although minimal patterns work well at catching fish, they're not very effective at catching fishermen!