here we got some big ones and small ones and neither small nor large ones.
this winter at the marlboro fly fishing show i saw a presentation on baitfish by ken abrames. the slides he was showing were of various baitfish under different light settings. it was amazing to watch the different colors which came out of the same fish but in different environments. yet one thing remained nearly constant in most of the pictures. each fish had a discernable black line running laterally through the middle of its body. one thing he mentioned was that when he puts peacock herl over the top of his flies he does so to give his little fish the impression of having this line. he believes that the fact that the line is there will make a fish more inclined to sample your fly. ken seems not to see a problem in the fact that his dark lines are placed on the top of his fly rather than in the middle, as it phyiscally appears in a fish. but on the second fly from the bottom i remembered these pictures of baits i had seen and decided to put their dark line stemming from the tail rather than wing of the fly.
for anyone who has ken's flatwing bible "a perfect fish", the RLS dusky dawn and easterly are tied with thier herl trapped inside of their wing. i like it!