couldn't agree with you more. I guess I just don't have the
right kind of ego, but it's always struck me as hysterical the
number of people who change a color, or a material, or some
aspect of an existing pattern....suddenly, they have "invented"
a brand new pattern! They give it a *NAME* and adopt it as
fly tying is practically ALL about copying. the materials may
change, and occasionally somebody comes up with something
really and truly "new" but for the most part, it's simply re-mixing
the same stuff.