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Red Quill... Variant

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:18 pm
by Niklas Dahlin
Last month I got an order on Catskill style dries, and he obviously likes Variant flies as he wanted a Red Quill tied Variant. Not a standard pattern of what I know, and nothing I had tried before... I myself like the Variant flies as well. A great fly, easy to fish and floats great. I have had many great times with these flies. And I must say after seeing the result of a RQ as a Variant, I like it.. Now... Back to the vise, 1 down 23 more to go :D

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Re: Red Quill... Variant

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:04 pm
by wiFlyFisher
Nice tie! I love variants too and have a small box full of them that I carry in the summer.

Re: Red Quill... Variant

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 12:59 pm
by Niklas Dahlin
Agree.. These flies are superb fishing tools..

Re: Red Quill... Variant

Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 4:09 am
by bassman
I understand "Variant" to mean 1 or 2 sizes longer hackle than considered standard. Longer tail also. Looking at yours I wonder if it normal on variant style Classic flies to NOT put wings on them?

Re: Red Quill... Variant

Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:58 am
by redietz
bassman wrote:I understand "Variant" to mean 1 or 2 sizes longer hackle than considered standard. Longer tail also. Looking at yours I wonder if it normal on variant style Classic flies to NOT put wings on them?
Short answer -- yes.

"Variant" has multiple meanings within fly tying, including:

1) A variation on an established pattern (e.g. "House and Lot Variant" -- which in now more common than the House and Lot)
2) A wingless dry fly with oversize hackle (what you're talking about, and what Niklas posted)
3) A hackle feather with more than one color (e.g. grizzly or cree)
4) A neck or saddle with more than one color feather in it (even though every individual feather is solid color)

A fly in meaning two is always wingless.

I'm not sure how different the fly shown is any different than a Dun Variant, however.

Re: Red Quill... Variant

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:22 pm
by catskilljohn
redietz wrote: I'm not sure how different the fly shown is any different than a Dun Variant, however.
I thought the same thing, looks like a DV in composition, and a damn nice one too :D CJ

Re: Red Quill... Variant

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:23 am
by Niklas Dahlin
catskilljohn wrote: I thought the same thing, looks like a DV in composition, and a damn nice one too :D CJ
ThankĀ“s buddy. Long time since communicating bro.. Hope you are all well and tying off course :lol: