By now you have likely seen the video we made with Tim Flagler on how to tie a bead head Bird's Nest. It was picked up this week by one of the fly tying magazines and posted on their website. The video prompted petulant comments from a tyer who made it clear that my version is NOT a Bird's Nest, as he had seen the original tied by the originator, Cal Bird.
The reason? My version has the hackle tied "beard" style, while Cal tied it with the hackle enveloping the fly 360 degrees. He went on to say that Cal disdained our way of tying the fly, and concluded via underwater observation, that Cal's way of tying the fly killed compared to "these quarter round patterns."
Interesting.......my results show that the fly works equally as well tied either way and that the fish don't give a shit. The fly works, period.
And that leads us to an important question, which is: If a fly is NOT tied exactly as the originator tied it, can it still be called the same fly? I sort of feel I'm wasting my time here, as I think most of us feel that it doesn't matter as long as the change is minor and/or does not change the overall appearance of the fly.
Here are a few examples of other flies that are tied differently than the originals, which coincidentally, I found on the web site of our detractor:
* The original Pheasant Tail nymph as designed by Frank Sawyer, was tied with only pheasant tail and copper wire and had no legs. Some versions are tied with a peacock herl thorax. And still others are tied with legs. All of them are called Pheasant Tail nymphs.
* The original Adams was tied with
mixed brown and grizzly hackle
golden pheasant tippet for the tail. Some tie the tail with moose body hair, or dun hackle fibers. Again, all of these versions are still called an Adams.
Anyway, we got out on one of the local trout streams today and managed to bring a few rainbows to net. A hot spot caddis larva and LaFontaine sparkle emerger did the trick. The water was clear and cool, and still a little high. The air was calm, and cool enough that by dusk you could see your breath. Little Blue-winged Olives came off sporadically, as did size 16 light caddis, but the trout weren't interested in taking them off the surface. It was good to be on the water with only the sounds of squirrels foraging in the trees above, and the geese above them, flying over in formation.
Now I wonder if I am sharpening my hooks right. I guess we'll have to make a video and wait for the comments.