With these quills You can tie a variety of sizes, and depending on what you’re tying you can usually go as big as a size 12, but that will vary on your fly tying style (such as; is that size 12 or 10 going to have a hackle in front to take up the slack where the quill ends? Are you using a bead? Ect)
It’s also is based on the size and thickness of each quill that comes in a package.For the most part they are uniform, but they aren’t synthetic, which is why there will be a tiny variation between them.
Some flies you tie may require a solid body with very minimal segmentation. If that’s the case then just tie them in the “wrong” way.
It’s all up to you and what you’re wishing to achieve. But I use the term “wrong” very loosely; since your right- may be someones wrong. Which is why I am making this tutorial to help you reach the results that you are looking for, when it comes to tying with polish quills. *I receive a lot of questions about this technique, at shows and online; and some people are telling me that no matter how they do it it still comes out wrong.
So here’s my advice: if you tie this in as per the first few steps and it still isn’t working to your liking/cant figure out why its still wrapping upside down- then scroll down and see my troubleshooting tip. This is why, depending on your style of tying -are you an “over the material” or “to the side of the material” wrapper- it’s not set in stone on how to do this. (This may seem confusing but It will make more sense when you see this step-by-step as it was also demonstrated here -when working with turkey biots.)
When you get tired of constantly having to drag the garbage can over at home and making a mess at tying shows, you break out that sewing machine and sew some weighted scrap bins! I will have these for sale online and at shows in many different patterns including flies, trout, bass, camping, ect. Close… Continue reading Idle Hands: “Weighed Fly Tying Scrap Bags”
This fly was developed by Fran Betters, floats like a cork and only uses two materials. One of those two materials being thread. It’s a great fly to fish over fast water, it has worked well for me.
I can’t speak for everyone, but I’ve heard from enough people and have been in enough book clubs, that I know readers who think a book isn’t as good if there isn’t some kind of an ending that makes you say “oh my god that was crazy wow holy crap what the?!” 😂 Not to say those aren’t… Continue reading Book Review: “Free Men”
Fall is here! And while I have been sewing different Halloween and autumn things, I just came across the photos of the lap quilt that I made in the spring.
There was no way to turn completely around without it fleeing.
But I tried anyway.
It was at my 7:00, almost directly behind me eating in the tree line and i began to turn around at a snails pace. As soon as it was in the corner of my eye sight i heard a snort and it took off. Crashing through the bushes, antlers breaking branches, hooves clicking against the rocks. I immediately yelled “HOLY S?!T! I told you there’d be a big one around today!”
The sun was out and we had cloud cover on and off while we looked over the side. It was a great way to show how water visibility changes with the weather, and how it can make the fish feel a little safer when it comes to moving around for food. Once the cloud cover darkened the sky, the trout would move a little farther for spinners but wouldn’t go as far, and headed for cover in that low water when the sun returned.
Tying them on a heavier hook and then dousing them with a little floatant, will allow them to ride higher in the column and work well on a swing during a hatch. Thats another effective way to fish these since Many mayflies are taken before ever reaching the waters surface, and swinging them is a good way to get a trouts attention when they are targeting emergers.
The Abbey may not be a new pattern, but its just as effective today. I’m a huge fan of tying, fishing and learning more about the Classic Ray Bergman collection and while there may be some variants to this fly as compared to the ones in the books. I have fished this fly on the swing, and stripped it like a streamer with great results.