Very cool, the class will really get you off to a good start.
Nice job on the nymph, and it looks like you have a great set up for tying. I noticed the bifocals on the table there. I’m there too. One thing I find helpful is having a non-glossy sheet of something as background. I use an off white shirt cardboard from the dry cleaners. It keeps background clutter out of the line of vision and makes the fly easier to see in the vise.
Just some feed back on the nymph in terms of proportions. Try using a little less material in the tail, and keep it a bit shorter, at ˝ the length of the hook shank. But it won’t matter at all to the fish, so throw it with confidence
These are some of the proportions I use on nymphs, but it’s more of a personal preference thing than a “rule” so feel free to vary if want a different look:
Tail- 1/3 to ˝ length of hook shank
Abdomen- 2/3 length of hook shank tapered like a carrot, thin end at rear.
Ribbing – number of turns depends on shank length and thickness of rib, so whatever “looks right” but somewhere between 4-6 for Pheasant Tails and Hares Ear, and ten (for “realistic” imitations and obsessive tyers since most real nymphs have 10 abdominal segments, but trout don’t stop to count)
Thorax- 1/3 length of hook shank less one eye length (or thorax plus bead if tying a bead head)
Legs- length of thorax remaining 1/3 of shank less one eye length reserved for head.
Head – leave some bare shank until the end to wrap a head about the length of eye
It'll get easier as you crank out a few of each pattern and get in a groove. The great thing about the GRHE is that they all work, even the butt ugly ones. Sometimes the scruffier the better- either right out of the vise, or after it's been gnawed on a few times by fish.
It sounds like you're on your way and really cranking them out. The Dubbit tool is a pretty neat gizmo for making dubbing loops. Here’s a thread from a while back
And those tools you made sound great, and perfect for the tips sticky. If you post a pic I'll link it.
Flyfisher- bummer about the cancellation of the class, I know you were looking forward to it and itchin' to get started. Have you tried any on your own?
Glad you guys are having fun.