Whitlock once said that when it comes to bass, fly anglers are not attempting to mimic an aquatic insect but to mimic spin gear that works for bass. Adding blades to patterns is nothing new and something Whitlock also does for bass. Hareline recently started selling these blades for flies so I tied some up for bass at the local pond. It was late in the year so I only had a chance to try them once but they did work... primarily as the pattern was sinking so the blade fluttered.
Obviously, not for everyone but when it comes to bass patterns, I will, and do, push the flyfishing envelope.
It is hard to believe , but there are some folks in the NW who are a tad opinionated as to what a fly and flyfishing is and what it is not.
Some of the flyfishing only regulations in Oregon reflect that fact.