For the few Clousers I tie, if I'm using bucktail I like a mid wing of flash tied sparse extending, per Bob Clouser's instructions, about a 1/4 inch past the end of the buck tail. If I'm tying them using an artificial hair, I preblend the flash into the hair.
Funny you posted this topic. I have always put a little flash in everything as well but read a little exert from Alan Coalo this week on his theory that baitfish, when viewed from above will blend in with the bottom and seem rather dull as not to stand out...i.e. no flash. interesting.
If you look at bait fish from the side under water, when they are excited or make sudden moves they flash like a small mirrows. This is bay anchoives, sperring, and baby bunker. Look how well spoons, metal jigs and hopkins lures work. Think many times fish just see a flash and has to decide right then, go or no go.
Good point Ray. It depends on the type of strike you want from the fly. If you want to maximize the pure reaction strike then tie a lot of flash. When you are going after more finicky fish the closer to real the better. (at least in my opinion).
thanks Guys, great feedback and very good point Ray, I see this success in warmwater and coldwater patterns too and the success of spinners in this condition.
I guess I tend towards at least a little flash but sometimes just go straight material. I have been using some ultra hair lately, like the reflection and quaility of the material. Will be cranking out some more patterns before my summer saltwater excersion will post some pics of them.