My opinion, the main thing is to see the fly completely!))
This man took with him a Flies Photo Gadget on the Kola river, which would knit and immediately take pictures and put flies on his blog))
I think it really comes down to what you want to use the image for: (1) an accurate record of the tying of the fly (including accurate colours); (2) an accurate record that can be used for publication (as Col mentioned non-distracting backgrounds tend to be important, particularly for editors), (3) an artistic interpretation of a fly (pretty much anything goes, though you don't see many fly photos in the Sony World Photography awards!). Personally, most fly images I take are for (1) so a simple setup works best, for (2) I'd use focus stacking when needed and for light then natural diffuse light (or move back to Scotland ), for (3) I tend to focus on other subjects!
I think for the first 2 of those, you would want the colours to be accurate, the fly to be well-delineated from a clear, uncluttered background, and the background to be monochrome. For 'artistic interpretations', OK, but, even there, the best I have seen stand by showing the colours accurately against a clear, uncluttered, monochrome background. Just sayin'...
... I'm lucky enough to have pretty decent gear.
For sure, me too. I'm always happy to help (if I am able) anyone who identifies an issue with their own set-up (and the results they are getting) and asks for help with it.
The whole colours and brain and language thing is difficult to get the head round if you have never thought about it before. There is a tribe in Africa that call some of the colours that we call green, blue, and some colours that we call blue, green. And it's all connected to the language and visual centres of the brain. It really does play a major role in how we see colours.
Which orange disc is brighter?
We now have to include teaching on the specific risks associated with making scientific conclusions based purely on a digital colour image!
How many folk on here ever correct the white balance of their images or calibrate their monitor???
... at least hideous HDRs seem to be on the wane! mg:
Flies Photo Gadget with two LED strips are already on sale))
You can include one or two LED.
What would be more useful would be an articulated holding rod, so the unit could be turned to a horizontal position, rather than a vertical position. This would be much better for shots on a flat base, ie when not using the fly clip - for example fly on a white background.
Flies Photo Gadget has two holes with M6 thread
Use a small tripod)
I see the two holes. However, they are on the main body and the tripod thread cannot reach them because of the two blocks that take the fly clip support? In your photo you seem to have screwed the tripod into the fly clip support block?
Anyway, no matter, I can improvise a similar arrangement.