RE:2-3 feather flatwing
I have to say that this fly was one of my favorites. As a tyer who used to tie classic salmon flies, spey flies with jungle cock eyes and matched wings, and preferred real seal fur for dubbing spey flies - I've been tying a growing percentage of striper patterns without a spec of real feather since my eastward move and this pattern reminds me of what fly-tying is really about. That and Mike Powers comment on a jelly-belly I recently gave him at work... "that's not a fly, that's a lure!".
Well really, all flies are lures but this fly reminded me that you can blend function and classic form in the generally utilitarian striper fishery.