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Practice makes perfect. The advice of tying one fly over and over again is a good, it allows you to become familiar with getting the right proportions of materials and technique down. after a dozen or so in a row it will become much easier. Also make sure the material you use is the right stuff, this will help you tremendously...poor materials make for poor flies, so it pays to buy the best stuff you can afford...especially when you are dealing with hackle on dry flies.

as far as mutants, fish em. some of my best luck was on flies that didnt look "perfect" or were torn up by catching lots of fish. im anal about my flies too, but i have had days on the river or lakes when my picture perfect fly just didnt fish as good as a buddy fishing something that looked like a reject from a drunken bout of fly tying. its all about presention sometimes....
 
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