I am certainly not on the level of most of the tyers on this forum, however Polly took me under his wing so to speak more years ago than I care to remember and the technique described above has no peers as far as I'm concerned. The devil is in the details. Pollys technique allowed you to modify the material as the body progressed, start with too much and pick and pull to form collars or build up spots.....the added thread (dubbing loop) served to make the body very tough...but not neccessarily to prolong the usefulness of the nymph. Fuzzy..yeah so they were Fuzzy...or Buggy or whatever....heres where the devil comes in. Why did Polly use a dubbing loop and materials that were the Kevlar of the animal kingdom.....if you had ever seen Polly attack a freshly tied nymph with a fine tooth hacksaw blade youd know. If you still didnt snap and he thought you were worth the effort he would lead you to the kitchen sink or a pan of water; where upon he would drop the bug. Not long after settling to the bottom air bubbles trapped by the densely wound abraded bodies wound begin to emanate and the offering would .....move......Polly reckoned that was the difference in fishing and catching.
Below are some of the flies out of a collection of Pollys that instigated as severe a verbal assault as I ever got from the old chatterbox. He wasn't keen on me putting a display of his flys tied at "production speed" together and the lady at the gallery in Klammath Falls where Polly was a frequent visitor and I had engaged to oversee the little collection dropped a dime on me. Even though I had attached the names of the flies to the respective bug in order that she could charge me an incredible amount to freehand the names on the display, she felt it imperative to consult on the proper spelling of Big Yellow Mayfly with Polly the next time he dropped by. Apologize for bending your ear, he was a good guy.