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Stonefly
02-20-2014, 03:06 PM
Despite the fact I won't be able to get to the mountains in time, the recent talk about Quill Gordons appearing imminently set me to tying, and this wet is one result. Since these flies hatch below the surface and swim up to escape, the wet is always a good choice. Please overlook the imperfections, as I hope the fish would.

steve

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w289/sbstrings/QuillGordonwet002.jpg

Grannyknot
02-20-2014, 05:07 PM
Here is one of mine. Dry Version.

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh256/CodyEdrington/Flies/1-31-11004.jpg

flyman
02-20-2014, 11:26 PM
Steve- I think the wet fly for this mayfly is a good choice. Early in the year fish may be hesitant to eat the duns some times. They will however often smash an emerge or wet fly.


Grannyknot-there may be hope for you yet :smile:

Grannyknot
02-21-2014, 12:12 PM
Grannyknot-there may be hope for you yet :smile:

actually, I'm a lost cause.

Mundele
02-24-2014, 03:26 PM
What kind of biot do you use? Any tying instructions for those?

Stonefly
02-24-2014, 03:38 PM
The standard for both wets and dries is stripped peacock. They're fragile, so typically you coat them with head cement, or as I did, UV resin.

steve

softhackle
03-07-2014, 03:56 PM
Nice looking fly. do you have a recipe? Also, what is the best way to strip the peacock herl? Do you use a rubber eraser or maybe diluted bleach?

Stonefly
03-07-2014, 04:42 PM
Not sure you're talking about my wet fly, but here goes anyway: tail and wing are from some dark mallard I got from a duck hunting friend. I probably have a lifetime supply, esp given Silver's comment that at my age, life time isn't quite the deal it used to be. The wing is tied in forward position then taken back. The hackle is dun JV hen. This is the first time I've bleached the herls to strip, worked OK though I may have cooked some of them a bit too long. In the past I've always used an eraser; given that I don't tie a huge number of flies with stripped peacock, the eraser method is probably sufficient, though I do tie a fair number of serendipity type midges with a peacock body - they work really well on the Caney.

steve

flyman
03-11-2014, 01:01 AM
Here is a very informative video about the type of peacock herl used to tie these bodies, and how to strip them. Byron and Danel, you better order some more peacock eyes.:biggrin:

http://youtu.be/DBBh_dLFnzU

billyspey
03-11-2014, 08:38 AM
The very best way to strip pea herl is to dip them in hot gulf wax ( the type you use while canning jelly well my mom did this can be had at most grocery) the way I do it melt in altoid can run the herl thru the melted wax thin strip with finger nail or back side of plastic knife .the herl is left more playable and more luster. I do several at a time store in bag for later use . I prefer the eyes for more variation in tone.

silvercreek
03-11-2014, 08:56 AM
I use the bleach method. I prefer to use a shallow white bowl so I can see the herl better. When the deep blue of the eye is about gone, the herl is done. I do the eyes one at a time. Leave a little stem and grab that with tongs so you can swish the eye around in the diluted bleach. I may give the wax a try. I looked for it at Kroger, but didn't see it in the canning stuff.

Stonefly
03-11-2014, 12:32 PM
Would it work to form the wax into a block, then pull the herl across the top of it, using a thumbnail to strip it?

I have a couple of old waxed eyes that must have been done by dipping into melted wax, but not sure where I got them.

steve

billyspey
03-12-2014, 05:47 AM
Gulf wax melts very easy dip herl in melted wax , try it really easy strips easy with nice sheen.

Grannyknot
03-12-2014, 08:18 AM
I usually just strip as much as I can with my fingers, then use a large pencil eraser to do the rest.

flyman
03-12-2014, 01:41 PM
I'd try the melted wax thing, but my wife won't let me play with matches.

silvercreek
03-12-2014, 04:40 PM
Wise woman.

softhackle
03-12-2014, 09:58 PM
Not sure you're talking about my wet fly, but here goes anyway: tail and wing are from some dark mallard I got from a duck hunting friend. I probably have a lifetime supply, esp given Silver's comment that at my age, life time isn't quite the deal it used to be. The wing is tied in forward position then taken back. The hackle is dun JV hen. This is the first time I've bleached the herls to strip, worked OK though I may have cooked some of them a bit too long. In the past I've always used an eraser; given that I don't tie a huge number of flies with stripped peacock, the eraser method is probably sufficient, though I do tie a fair number of serendipity type midges with a peacock body - they work really well on the Caney.

steve

Actually i was just curious how you stripped the peacock herls. From looking at the fly I had a pretty good idea of what materials were used to tie the fly but, I appreciate the recipe.
I was hoping to tie some wet Quill Gordons for my next spring trip to the Smokies. I always seem to do better swing wets through a hatch than with dries. I guess it's because the fish were keying in on the emergers and not the duns.
Thanks everybody for sharing your peacock herl stripping methods.