Re: Brian's one a month challenge.
i hope this doesnt sound too critical but after seeing the photo of the fly you tied (i couldnt see it on my work computer since our security department blocks some photos) i think you should have used a rib of oval tinsel. its whats called for in the published recipes for this fly. i would also eliminate the red tag at the bend.
practice that tinsel work on the body and try to eliminate the gaps
i know that tyers always deviate from the published recipes of fly patterns but following recipes is a good way to learn about patterns.
overall its a decent tied fly
just giving you advice
Stick to buying flies....it's a lot cheaper
Poor quality materials are destined to discourage beginner tiers and cause greater expense when the time comes to replace them.
YOUR way is not the ONLY way when tying flies!
Fly tyers can be masters of making things complicated!
You're only limited by lack of imagination. Be creative, experiment.