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    Default 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.

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    Here is one of mine. Dry Version.


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    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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by flyman View Post

    Grannyknot-there may be hope for you yet
    actually, I'm a lost cause.

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    What kind of biot do you use? Any tying instructions for those?

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

    http://youtu.be/DBBh_dLFnzU
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    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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