I couldn’t say it much better and have little to add. But I fully agree with Tom. I love tying flies as a creative outlet. A pattern is a great place to start but I like to consider my materials and come up with things based on how and what I want to fish for. I can’t stand “hair counters” or people who change out a color or material type and then rename a pattern. You didn’t invent shit and you, the hair counter, lighten up. And neither did I so fuck it, Let’s go fishing.
BTD tied with skunk tail. So I guess I invented the STD.