Quill Gordon Soft Hackle

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novabass
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Quill Gordon Soft Hackle

Post by novabass » Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:07 am

I've been searching around for flymphs and soft hackles to tie lately, because I'm a little obsessed. I found somewhere a mention of a Quill Gordon Soft Hackle, which I really wanted to tie. Once I traced it, I found that John B. had received one from the late Ralph Graves. So I emailed him to ask more about the fly.

John said this, "It was the first fly he gave me about 15 years ago. The pattern is simple enough, he used a Mustad 94840 #12, no tail, peacock quill wound for the body and counter ribbed with very fine gold wire, and 1 turn of partridge hackle, very sparse. I have it in a special place, with one of his cards and I smile when I look at it."

So I skipped the gold wire and instead I coated the body with UV resin. Yeah, I know, it's not exactly classic, but it works.

So anyway, I plan to continue to tie a lot of these little go-getters.

Quill Gordon Soft Hackle:

Partridge Barbless Sproat Wet size 14
Body: Stripped peacock quill
Hackle: Partridge
Deer Creek Diamond Fine UV Resin



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Re: Quill Gordon Soft Hackle

Post by tie2fish » Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:42 am

Great tie, Paul ... lovely.

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Re: Quill Gordon Soft Hackle

Post by BrownBear » Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:53 am

Very nice looking fly. I tie a version which might better be called a "variation" even if I've always called it a Quill Gordon soft hackle. It's wickedly effective just before and all through a BWO hatch.

Hook: 1-2 sizes larger than the prevailing duns
Thread: Brown
Tail: Partridge
Abdomen: Stripped Peacock
Thorax (short): Olive superfine dub
Hackle: Partridge

Dead drift it over the fish on the first cast. If no response, make another cast and dead drift it to within easy reach of the fish, then stop the drift so the fly rises toward the surface. Not many fish can resist that second cast.

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Re: Quill Gordon Soft Hackle

Post by ewpeper » Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:19 am

Nice looking tie, Paul. Very elegant.

I agree with BrownBear on the "1-2 sizes larger than the prevailing duns." When I fished the hatch, I most often used a wet in size 12, which looked to me to be larger than the naturals.

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Re: Quill Gordon Soft Hackle

Post by novabass » Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:53 am

Thank you all!
I really appreciate the information on the larger size. I had thoughts of tying this in a size 12 too, so this confirms it.
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Re: Quill Gordon Soft Hackle

Post by Eperous » Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:14 pm

Nice story... nice tie...

Ed

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