I've never known if they really inspire confidence from a fish who may see the flies I make Tim but for whatever weird reason they make me feel like the flies are complete. I've always wondered that if the eye, regardless of what type used breeds fish confidence then what do they make of the hooks? It was the same with my dry flies in the past, I tried for good wings and to have them float upright but that little hook sticking down seemed out of place. Given the number of fish that have been caught I have to think that most ignore the hook.........Ard, that jungle cock eye really does add to the look of the fly in the water. Definitely helps with the visual queue that it is a baitfish and not just a chunk of white stuff. Interesting.
Pretty much all I use now. Up until 4 or 5 years ago I would still use some shank tied flies but I had issues with the trailing hooks getting wrapped around the hook eye or tippet. Casting exerts many varied torques on whatever we have attached to the very end of our lines, when there is a free swinging hook behind the body of the fly I believe the chance of hook problems increases.Ard, are you using tube flies more frequently now?