Calvin1, don't worry about it. I posted that more for humor than anything else. I just thought that it was funny because I was thinking the same thing after I finished tying the flies! I even considered adding another set of flies, but I procrastinated and ran out of time. The fly I tied is on a short curved size 18 hook, 2x strong. The body is black thread and the hackle is starling. I really like starling for black flies because of the natural green sheen the feathers have. Fish seem to like it fine too. I don't know if they look elegant, but I did work to make them as well as I could. The hard part isn't winding on the hackle, but not breaking the hackle. Even with a good pair of eyes and steady hands, those super thin quills are easy to break. I'll be looking for another starling skin after tying these....... My favorite way to fish this fly is to tie it onto the bend of a heavier fly. I'll usually tie on a Copper John for a little weight, then drop the black soft hackle off the CJ. I'll cast quartering upstream and let them drift a little to sink. Then I'll do a short, quick strip. If a fish is interested I always get a take right after the strip, and it's almost always on the black fly. Strikes seem to be pretty hard too. I used to tie them on dry hooks, but bigger fish would bend the hook on the take and hook set. Damn Rocky Ford trout..... I hate that place and it's huge fish.