ok, maybe jilted or ripped of is not the right term. And I will repeat that
EVERY FLY I RECEIVED WAS A QUALITY FLY
There was a huge range of time investment in the flies.
Mudbug, your cracker ant is great. Don't get me wrong. I think it will be a great fall dry fly around here. What I was saying is that perhaps 'terrestrial' is too wide a category. A box full of simple foam beetles would have been great, and I would have added my own to the mix.
I just wish I had known better and tied something simpler instead of spending several hours on a more intricate pattern.
I would like to trade simple flies for simple flies, and complex flies for complex flies. Although it is impossible to control quality or ability, some more descriptors in the swap title might be helpful in terms of knowing what to expect. I know you guys are proud of your flies, as am I. All I received were great flies, but in the future I would like to trade 'like for like' in terms of complexity.
Sorry if I hurt any feelings, but I do believe this is a great debate about making the swaps more beneficial to all involved.
For another example, if we had a 'dry fly swap' would you want to trade a nice Stimulator for a thread midge? I would rather trade a midge for a midge...
Here is the recipe list that I posted on 5/28/12:
TB's canyon hopper
Hook:#8, 2xl nymph/streamer hook (keeps the hopper right side up)
Thread: Danville 3/0 dark grey
Body: Brown 2mm, black 1.5mm foam, glued
Legs: Speckled Sexy legs olive
Underwing: Antron white
Wing: MFC wing material grey
Eye: sharpie/ UV glue dot
Collar: Stonefly dubbing black
Canyon Hoppers ready for shipment.