and here’s a very nice example of this tying concept with a “Little Devil” Sunray Diawl Bach by Hans Weilenmann.
‘over-dressing’ is just that. too much/many materials on a wet fly may be pretty when tied and photographed but looks like a ‘nothing-looking blob’ when wet. these blobs tend to take on the appearance of a dense water-drop shaped thing that in my opinion, is much closer to a micro-streamer than an imitation of the intended insect. they do catch fish but my experience tells me that the same pattern with a lighter dressing will get less refusals and more takes: more fish !
‘going light’ is one of the more difficult skills to acquire in our craft, probably because it’s so much fun to keep on winding or maybe that we want to get the most use of say, an expensive hackle feather: maybe we want to get ‘our money’s worth’ but often this will be counter productive. (and we’ll have wasted the material anyway… )
one of the better exercises a tier can do is tie up several flies of the same pattern, some lightly dressed and some heavier and fish them in the same situation and see the results.
anyhow, the bug above says ‘Eat Me‘, something all flies should say. enjoy !