Catskill inspired dries...

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fly_fischa
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Catskill inspired dries...

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I've been playing around at the vise and using peacock quill for the first time. I thought I'd share the results.

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very well done

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Nicely done - the peacock quill barring is really good .............Frank

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Thanks guys, appreciate your comments :)
This is the first time I've tied with peacock quill, what was I thinking! It's and awesome material and makes the most beautiful bodies...
Is it normal to give the qill a lick of varnish after the body has been formed?

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Beautifully done. The photography is as inspiring as the tying. Excellent!!

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ewpeper wrote:Beautifully done. The photography is as inspiring as the tying. Excellent!!

Eric
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fly_fischa, what are you photographing that fly with?

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Thanks Eric and wiFlyFisher :)
I'm away from home atm, living in London for 6 months so travelling light. The pics are taken using a mini tripod with a canon G12 (Compact) external flash unit and a cheap fold up 3in 1 refelctor. I put the camera on self timer (so my hands are free), with the flash pointing at the ceiling hold/bend the reflector above the flash and place some aluminum foil underneath and around the fly so some of the flash is bounced up and around the fly from underneath. It doesn't give as good a result as my setup at home but is very portable, compact and quick, it gets the job done :)

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I've seen the peacock quill body reinforced with very fine gold wire as well as with varnish or head cement. I think what you've done looks superb and should do the job. I don't use peacock, but on other quill or fragile bodies I've occasionally used a rib of 7X tippet as a reinforcement.

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Thanks for the advice Eric,
7X tippet is a great idea! I'll give both the fine wire and tippet a go. I think that a very fine wire next to the dark banding on the quill could look very nice, especially if it isn't counterwound.

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counter winding and lacquer was done so the quill , which is fragile ,lasted.

eric , i like the 7x tippet idea...

when i do bodies like that , for fishing, i just use two or three different colors of thread, looks the same to me and it's stronger....not my idea...from somewhere in the past...maybe an old fly tyer mag?
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