Well, its raining here in great north east....again! So much rain this year, its rather remarkable for sure. With the rain falling I decided to stock my plates with a fly of what is now becoming legend. The quill Gordon. Theodore Gordon "The father of dry fly fishing" is credited with its creation. Although he never mentioned it in his writings, he only mentioned the "blue quill gordon". Perhaps that what he called the quill gordon. Never the less Theodore Gordon was an amazing fly fisherman with a wealth of knowledge. Unfortunately he didn't like to share! However he did make a great impression on the sport and art of the fly. He did leave us with a great legacy of the Catskill fly tier. Ok enough of the history lesson.
Now the fun part, Lets twits some up! This tutorial will be for the wet fly. I will do the dries in upcoming tutorials.
Hook- Daiichi Alec Jackson soft hackle hook #11 Great deals on these at my sponsors store. Check it out.
Thread- Black M.F.C. 8/0
Tail- Wood duck
Body- Stripped peacock hurl
Wing- Wood duck
Hackle- Dun hen neck
|Start the black thread and wind back to the just a turn past the barb|
|Tie in the tail and run the thread up and trim the butts|
|Get yourself a wood duck flank feather, strip off the fluff.|
|Tie it on top of the shank, concave side up, with three loose wraps.|
|Pull the butt of the feather to draw the tips in, keep checking the length of the wing by bending the tips back. The wing can extend back to the end of the tail at its longest and to the end of the body for its shortest.|
|Once the wing length is set, trim the butt of the feather and cover it all up. Be as neat as possible, you will want a smooth body to wrap the quill on. Stop the thread at the back of the hook.|
|Catch in a quill by the skin on the butt section. Advandce the thread forward and leave about a mil for the hackle.|
|Wrap the quill, You can put super glue down on the thread before winding for more durability, or you can coat the quill body with lacquer.|
|Tie in the the hen hackle by the butt.|
|Wind the hackle, make two complete turns one in front of the other. Catch the hackle with the thread, two times behind the wing.|
|Bring thread in front of the wing, and tie off the hackle|
|Trim the hackle out of the way, Pull the wing back and wrap the thread back over the wing, forming the head.|
|Varnish the head. You now got yourself a deadly wet fly.|