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Red Quill

Post by catskilljohn » Mon May 04, 2009 8:47 pm

A pattern I really like, something about the segmented look of the body really makes it look neat. The Rhode Island Red quills are from Joe, I sure wish he would get those capes back again, I only have 2 left!

Another option would be India or Chinese capes in coachman brown and R.I.red.

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Re: Red Quill

Post by BruceC » Mon May 04, 2009 8:52 pm

Hey John. That's a spectacular Red Quill. I have a bunch of Dave Brandt's Rhode Island Red patches. They tie really well. I'll have to remember to bring some with me the next time we tie. PM me if you're desperate :)

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Re: Red Quill

Post by PMCCARDELL » Mon May 04, 2009 10:19 pm

Thats a great looking fly John. How do you prepair your quills?

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Re: Red Quill

Post by Joe Fox » Mon May 04, 2009 11:25 pm

catskilljohn wrote:The Rhode Island Red quills are from Joe, I sure wish he would get those capes back again, I only have 2 left!
I just found packaged a few capes the other day I came into.

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Re: Red Quill

Post by catskilljohn » Tue May 05, 2009 7:16 am

Joe,

If you are going to still have them, I will pick them up this weekend. Thanks, CJ
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Re: Red Quill

Post by catskilljohn » Tue May 05, 2009 7:22 am

PMCCARDELL wrote:Thats a great looking fly John. How do you prepair your quills?
PMC,
Some quills need a good soaking in water or they crack when wrapped, mostly dyed quills that got too hot in the bath.

The ones right off the cape wrap beautiful, like a hackle. Select one for the hook size your tying on, strip the barbs off and tye on and wrap. I dont varnish the body, but you could. I have seen guys counter wrap with thread, and then varnish over. If you use white thread, it disappears when varnished. Thanks, CJ
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Re: Red Quill

Post by Joe Fox » Tue May 05, 2009 9:11 am

JB Martin posted once on Classic Trout that he soaked the quills before he hand stripped them and got very good results. I tried it and I'm happy to say I will never need to burn off the fibers with bleach again.

In the shop we reinforce all bodies with white thread. After we tie down the quill we take 3 or 4 wraps toward the back then forward, then a coat of spar varnish. This greatly strengths the body.

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Re: Red Quill

Post by BruceC » Tue May 05, 2009 9:38 am

When I wrap quill bodies made with peccary, I coat the underbody, whatever it may be, with a small amount of brush on CA adhesive. I then wrap the quill or peccary as usual and it's on forever. The glue adds no thickening to the body and if put on very sparsely, won't pop through the seams. It is adding a modern material to a classic pattern but I'm more interested in durability plus it doesn't show at all.

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Re: Red Quill

Post by Niklas Dahlin » Tue May 05, 2009 1:44 pm

Hi mates..
Don´t tell Mr Art Flick, he would proborably come back and haunt me for it. I make my Red Quills on a modern barbless hook and I coat it with some superglue. I think it gives the body a great depth, and very durable.

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Re: Red Quill

Post by PMCCARDELL » Tue May 05, 2009 3:51 pm

Thanks gentilman for all the tips.

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