I'm going to throw an idea out here and I'm looking for input on how to refine it and turn it into something useful here on WFF... Prior to the advent of the internet, the craft of applying feathers and fur to hooks to fool fish were passed down from those with experience to those without. I call it a craft because I believe that flytying does take some skill and there are plenty of documented techniques that can be used. Today, a lot of these techniques are demonstrated in videos, step-by-steps, and how-to articles that proliferate the internet. In my profession, I deal a lot with quality of production and in all situations there is a feedback loop that reduces the chance of failures by improving processes, designs, workmanship, etc. In graduate school, we sometimes have advisors to guide us through the thesis or dissertation process. In many professions, there are apprenticeships where the skills necessary to become successful are learned. While you may be able to mimic a fly by "monkey-see, monkey-do", the reasons why things are done or small nuances are sometimes lost. There have been times where I have watched a video of a famous tier several times before I have noticed a small detail or technique that they never commented on. I think that this is where having someone there to guide you, provide constructive criticism, and most of all communicate the craft, really shines. I propose that we should try to implement some type of mentorship program. The basic requirements would be that mentors communicate with their mentees, be it in person, email, VTC, or PM, those flytying skills that the mentee is lacking but seeking to improve. If it is determined that there is significant interest in having some type of mentorship program, I'll throw my hat into the ring and put forth some effort to support the program. Thoughts?