Re: Cataloging your fly-tying names - by Randal Sumner
With so many tyers trying to imitate lots of the same bugs and using the materials commercially available, dosen't seem inevitable that a few are going to come up with the same receipe? Short of trademarking or publishing how would you know who did it first?
Most of my "improvements and modifications" come from being to cheap or lazy to run out and buy or locate the exact materials for pattens I see. If I substitute a hook (or even a hook size) , a shade of dubbing or material can I claim the right to name the fly? I don't think so... I think I'd be hard pressed to tie an imitation of a common aquatic bug that you couldn't find a similar version of in any 10 year old catalog.