It seems we think of different fly types and are not aware of the correct nomenclature to support our favorite patterns: Check this out and PLEASE ADD as I am sure I will forget plenty!
A Surface fly: As the name describes, breaks the surface,or floats very near the surface of the water and sometimes pops through. Some type of floating material is usually used, as is a hook light enough to help its action. Soem type of foam or spun deer hair head adds bouyancy.
Examples: Poppers, Crease flys, surface sliders, clousers floating minnow, gurglers.
A Streamer fly: Follows the fly line to it's retreive depth. It has no sinking or floating charecteristics of it's own, to speak of. This fly gets all of it's action from the retreive you impart with your stripping speed and pause. Weighting a fly with lead wire wraps to keep it's action correct does not make it a non streamer. Wire wraps are sometimes needed to offset bouyant materials, or simply to keel a fly correctly in the water.
Examples: Deceiver, Surf Candys, HiTie Peanut Bunkers, Sar Mul Mac(heavy bucktail dressing and a wire wrapped shank).
Weighted flys have an added weighted head or eyes very near the front of the fly.
This weight gives the fly a darting motion during pauses in the retreive. These are usefull when fishing heavy current or when making a presentation to a deep holding fish. They are not as easy to cat as the non weighted flys, wich is why I tie these mostly small and sparse.
Examples: Joggy Fleye, CDM, Half & Half and others.
I hope this helps some new tyers separate form from function. An example of this confusion would be a tyer who uses a bead head before spun deer hair. Why add weight to a floating material? Doe's it searv a purpose in the design?
.....and more importatntly WHY did the tyer make it this way? If you are somwhat aware of the reasons, the answers will be more clear.
If not, BE SURE TO ASK !
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