Guy’s thanks for the kind words, your positive impute is appreciated. I guess I need to communicate a little better. When talking about the counter wraps it was more on the side of not liking the look of a counter wrap. I am more of a 5 turns of rib kind of guy. On some flies like a Lady Caroline I really like the counter wrap look but on some it’s just way too much. I like the mono idea to make the flies more durable, I will have to give that a try.
Willowhead – thanks for the constructive impute, you are spot on in your recommendation only thing, I had to look through 7 capes to find that pair of feathers. I was looking for a curved feather to cup the hackle and flow more in the direction of the fly. I wanted it to match the shape of the wings as to not distract from the shape of the fly. You will find with my tying that I am not a follow the rules kind of tier. I can copy flies but I enjoy painting my own. Tying flies is an expression of ones self and there is no better style of flies than steelhead flies to demonstrate you personality and style. Now if you would have said that my king fisher feathers are not the same size or there are too many ribs over the yellow floss or I got some glue on the wing or I could have taken the tag down one more turn I would have had to agree with you. But in all seriousness I do appreciate your impute because it helps more than just me and the next time I go to set the J.C. you know I will be thinking of the Left side of the neck, far side of the fly for a right handed tier. Right side of the neck, near side of the fly for a right handed tier rule.