Thanks for the additional info Bob.
1. The flies I tested the other day were sitting upright, I think that's because the only ones I tried were not tied on 3X hooks.
2. I have used a clear nail polish, not hard as nails and am not too pleased with it. It needs to be applied heavy & fast to keep the colors from washing & bleeding. I plan on using 10 minute epoxy next time.
3. On additional thing, I really like using the 7MM doll eyes.
My flies are no where near as beautiful as Joe's or yours. While I try to duplicate natural baitfish color schemes, mine come out looking like something you would find in a comic book. I hope the stripers & smallmouth have a good sense of humor.