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Stonefly 02-20-2014 03:06 PM

Quill Gordons
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.


Grannyknot 02-20-2014 05:07 PM

Here is one of mine. Dry Version.

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


Originally Posted by flyman (Post 109743)

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.


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.


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:

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.

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