A lot of people approach tying from an aesthetic point of view paying more attention to what a fly looks like as opposed to how it will behave or fish. We’re pattern-orientated and in many ways, I think we’ve got this whole thing the wrong way round. I don’t think you can tie effective flies consistently without thinking about how you’re hoping to fish them. Essentially fish eat flies that present well optimally. The trick is to figure out what you need the fly to do, and then design it to do just that. You need to adopt a logical approach to tying as opposed to just being a follower of recipes and step-by-step instructions.
Gordon Van Der Spuy (Author)