I have been tying fishing flies for about 6 months or so now and have made great strides in improving my skill. This morning I tied a large nymph pattern called a Moristone. It is larger than moxt nymphs at about 1/2 inch in total length. After completing the fly, to make it more durable, I daubed on a bit of fly head cement, a watery substance that "glues" the thread strands together to insure that knots, and therefore flies, don't come unraveled in use. I left the Moristone in the fly vise to dry and went about my business. After a few moments my wife exclaimed; "Help!" I turned as she continued; "The cat is eating your fly!"
Visions of a barbed hook stuck somewhere in the cat's tongue or cheek filled my mind. I quickly shooed the cat away and found the vise empty. I was frightened for the cat. But fortunately, he had dropped the fly and I found it lying harmless on the floor.
I don't know if that nymph will catch fish, but it looks good enough to catch an insect eating cat.
I'm just happy that I didn't set the hook.
Seeeeeya; Goodweed of the North