07-26-2010, 06:58 AM
Re: Question about fly quality?
I've never ordered flies by mail because I like to physically handle them first, to see the kind of materials and hooks that were used. Really good pictures would probably work, but a close up video might be better, where you describe the quality necks you are using, the softness of bunny pelt and so on.
I went through a stack of about 2 dozen purple and black bunny toads at Worldwide sportsman this year and found only 1 decent fly and two more marginal ones. Most of the tails were about as flexible as #12 copper wire. They were probably tied in Bangladesh or someplace where no one had ever even seen a fly being fished before.
If I were tying saltwater flies, I'd probabably offer them in a number of different hooks as well. Some saltwater fishermen will use only Tiemco, others Owner, others Gamagatsu.
With small dries for trout, I'd always double-check the palmered hackle, not trusting my eyesight or drop tests, by sticking them lightly to my lip to see how stiff the hackle is.
But alll those things can probably be overcome with a video and information, and once someone buys a batch from you and likes them - you will probably be limited only by the variety that you tie.
Best of luck.