You guys are doing it wrong. You only need to tie one fly, ad don't even need to do a good job with it. Tied flies many moons ago. I was in my early 20s when I learned the proper way of using a fly. It's called dappling. Probably a cane pole is better than a fly rod, but they are used the same way. Have about 4 foot of line. Then you stand on the bank, hold you pole right out and dap the fly. That is you drop the fly down until it hits the water, immediately pull it up maybe a foot, drop it on the water, immediately lift it up, and repeat. I've had trout half out of the water chasing a ragged fly, until they caught it. Drives them nuts for some reason.
Similar is fishing for bullfrogs with a piece red cloth. You hunt until you find a large bullfrog. Then you hold the cloth about 3 feet or so above the frog. As soon as they notice the cloth, the will jump for it. I've had large frogs jump almost 4 feet, straight up.
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.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.