The Oddball Quill Gordon was devised by a nameless man, who fishes the lower Cheeseman canyon section of the South Platte River. The only place I know that this fly is talked about is in Ed Engles book "Tying small flies". Which is one of my favorites. In the book, Ed tells a story about fishing a bwo hatch, and how, like me the other day, couldn't get a trout to take the go to standards. He goes on to say how he had saw this man before and how on this day, he was catching trout left and right. Ed mustered up the courage and asked the gentleman what he was using. The man handed Ed the oddball quill gordon. in a size 18. Ed describes how he fished the fly, just like the old gentlemen did, Down and across to the rising trout. Ed was quickly into fish. If you dont own tying small flies by Ed Engle, you should. Its a great book.
If you read my winter session 29 fishing report, I had a situation just like in the book. Except I was the one with the oddball, fishing it down and across. I was getting fish left and right, and I talked to an older gentlemen and I told and showed him the oddball quill gordon. Funny how things go down sometimes.
Without a doubt this fly should be in your box, Its a great fly that works on small mayfly hatches. Its a wonderful variation to the famous, and fabled Quill Gordon. I agree with Engle that when this fly is fished down and across, giving it a twitch, drag, dead drift is the ticket. If you watch baetis hatch you will notice that they flop around in attempt to dry there wings for flight.(many mayfly species do this) The trout key in on this action. When the fly goes dead drift to regain its energy, gulp. (click read more)
Lets twist one up!
Hook- Daiichi 1170 16-20
Thread- Black Montana fly co thread 8/0
Tail- Light blue dun
Wing- Wood-duck flank or equivalent.
Abdomen- Stripped peacock quill
Thorax- Peacock hurl
Hackle- Light blue dun(slightly over sized)
|Start the thread and run it half way down then half that distance back up.|
|Select a well marked wood-duck feather and strip off all the fluff at the bottom and cut the tip of the feather out.(save it, you can use it for some nymph tails!)|
|Tie the stem in on top with three loose turns.|
|Cut the butt of the feather on an angle. This is very important for getting the abdomen taper.|
|Wrap the thread back to the barb, make nice even touching turns tying in the butt of the feather on the way down.|
|Take a bunch of hackle fibers and tie them in to form the tail. I like to take one turn and one under, then one right in front of the first turn.|
|Wind the hurl up, touching turns, nice and tight. Tie it off and clip the butt.|
|Tie in the hackle and the peacock hurl. Just one hurl is all that's needed. Pick on from close to the eye.|
|Wind the peaock hurl touching turns up to the wing, take a full turn of hurl behind the wing then tie it off behind the wing.|
|Wind the hackle up, two turns is all that's needed. Tie it off behind the eye. (dont worry it will still float fine without any hackle in front of the wing.)|
|Whip finish and give the head a touch of cement. You want this fly durable, its gonna catch you plenty of fish!.|
Here's the video, Enjoy