YO Loopy! I'd completely forgotten you posted 'over here.' One 'fly' that I found to be deadly on the Russian River in Nor. Cal. was a bead head (usually copper) and the body was wound red Amnesia running line (around the hook). Just leave a 'inch' off the back end to swing/swirl in the current and a good to go.
Tie I do, usually during the winter months, when the days are short, cold, and I'm not interested in what's on the telly. Actually have three complete tie sets: one up stairs in my office, one in the motor home and another on a 'tv dinner' stand that I set up and 'tie a few' while watching a DVD movie.
Do follow several boards (4 in the UK) but really only post (with frequency) on a few.