So, obviously something I often think about as a fly tier is how closely to try to match forage species. Everyone who ties flies seems to have their own take on this from wanting highly realistic "close copy" patterns to any old bit of fluff will do the job. I reckon I'm somewhere in the middle depending on my target species but I always wonder how other people make their minds up. For example, I enjoy tying things like Ollie Edward's heptagenid, but 9 times out of ten a hare's lug will probably catch the same fish during the same hatch and takes a fraction of the cost and effort to tie. I'm still willing to tie and use the complex pattern because I'm not trout fishing much anymore but if they were my regular target I doubt that I would be willing to spend the time to keep stocked up. So for me, it's not always worth spending ages on one trout fly, but I'll happily spend half an hour or more on a flying fish imitation for tuna or a fancy bug for some exotic species.
Why not head over to the board and let us know if you're on the close copy or bellybutton fluff side of the spectrum?