How do I know this, well...I'm one of them. Picking up a fly at a shop and then bringing it home, dissecting it and reproducing it sometimes gives me the feeling of a North Korean nuclear scientist. The item of my desire is before me. I have the plans, now time to reproduce.
I believe the term is reverse engineering. Tonight had me saddled up to the tying bench, working to recreate this fly.
A little rabbit, some tinsel, some wire, two different types of dubbing and my favorite material..guinea hackle all around a traditional Alec Jackson style hook. Shouldn't be too difficult eh?
Decoding the step by step process without a recipe is a bit like looking at a loaf of my wife's homemade banana bread and trying to figure out which ingredient went first, and then so on. Errors do happen
After a few trial and error sessions, paydirt.
I changed a few color combinations to fall in line with the most productive colors on my Steelhead rivers.
Blue always works on a Steelhead like a mini skirt works for a hot girl trying to attract a member of the opposite sex
So yes...I copied it. I am a plagiarist
Now to tie a dozen more