Red Quill Variant

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Red Quill Variant

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Hook: Mustad 94833 #14
Tail & Hackle: Ginger cock (should as I'm sure you all know be medium dun in the original)
Wing: Wood Duck

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Very nice just the way it looks ;) Nice body. Dennis

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Love that body.
Is the quill over claret dubbing finished with a coat of clear?
Or, did you use something like claret coloured T/shirt ink (wiped back with a damp cloth) to fill the gaps between the quill and then, when dry, finish with a coat of clear?

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troutingintas wrote:Love that body.
Is the quill over claret dubbing finished with a coat of clear?
Or, did you use something like claret coloured T/shirt ink (wiped back with a damp cloth) to fill the gaps between the quill and then, when dry, finish with a coat of clear?
Thank you troutingintas, glad you liked the body. The body was made with a dyed quill from D's Flyes in Denver. I made the body by making an under-body of orange tying thread, and then used the rotary function on my DK Barracuda to wrap the quill. I find using the rotary function very helpful for wrapping quills as it gives me a lot more control over the tension and keeps me from twisting the quill. The body was then varnished. No additional dying needed.

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I had another go at the Red Quill, this time trying to stay as true as possible to the original pattern. I think Flick was on to something here with the medium dun hackle.. Looks more distinguished somehow :D As I don't have access to Rhode Island red cock I had to use a dyed quill. For some reason the Quill body didn't turn out as pretty on this one, maybe because I used a thicker part of the quill, and also I think I let it soak to long which led to some color bleeding. Well, you live and you learn I guess..

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David S. wrote:I had another go at the Red Quill, this time trying to stay as true as possible to the original pattern. I think Flick was on to something here with the medium dun hackle.. Looks more distinguished somehow :D As I don't have access to Rhode Island red cock I had to use a dyed quill. For some reason the Quill body didn't turn out as pretty on this one, maybe because I used a thicker part of the quill, and also I think I let it soak to long which led to some color bleeding. Well, you live and you learn I guess..

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David,
Don't know where your from but talk to Joe, he used to have some Rhode Island red cape's. ;)
and yes the blue dun hackle looks great

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dennis wrote:
David,
Don't know where your from but talk to Joe, he used to have some Rhode Island red cape's. ;)
and yes the blue dun hackle looks great

Dennis
Thank you Dennis, glad you liked it. I'm from Uppsala Sweden, a long way from Rhode Island :D . I had a look at detteflies.com and it seems they are out of stock, guess I'll just have to keep my eyes open..
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I had one more go at this fly as I wasn't very happy with the body on the second one. This time I used a natural reddish brown cock hackle that I stripped myself. I think this is the way to do it. Natural quill definitely worked best for the body in my opinion. Would a Rhode Island Red cock quill give me a much different result?

Hook: Mustad 94833 #14
Tail & Hackle: Speckled badger cock (should be medium dun in the original)
Wing: Wood Duck

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There is nothing better than a quill body dry fly, good job to all.
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Ron` wrote:There is nothing better than a quill body dry fly, good job to all.
Thanks very much Ron`, quill bodies indeed makes for very pretty flies... I've done some further "product development" , these are both on hook #16 :)

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