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by wsbailey
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Stripped Peacock Quill Bodies
Replies: 32
Views: 680

Re: Stripped Peacock Quill Bodies

Bob, That's a substitute. The stuff I use smells like a pine forest.
by wsbailey
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Stripped Peacock Quill Bodies
Replies: 32
Views: 680

Re: Stripped Peacock Quill Bodies

Bob, I use artist's turpentine. If you have a Michael's nearby they have 50% coupons you can use. The hardware stuff is too sludgy. You probably mean benzoin.
by wsbailey
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Stripped Peacock Quill Bodies
Replies: 32
Views: 680

Re: Stripped Peacock Quill Bodies

As someone who dyes fly tying materials I work with chemicals all the time. I recently dyed some yarn blue in an indigo vat. The pH was slightly too high. Two drops of acetic acid in four gallons of water was all it took. Working with chemicals requires a light touch at times.
by wsbailey
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Stripped Peacock Quill Bodies
Replies: 32
Views: 680

Re: Stripped Peacock Quill Bodies

Barry Ord Clarke recently posted a video of stripping peacock quill with bleach. New to me; at the end he mentioned using tying wax to strip the quill(not the kind in a tube).

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NTI6pLDF1 ... e=youtu.be
by wsbailey
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: T E Pritt's Grannon or Greentail
Replies: 30
Views: 739

Re: T E Pritt's Grannon or Greentail

Here is a discussion about gut and horse hair lines from 1853.

https://books.google.com/books?id=y90RA ... ut&f=false

The Complete Angler speaks of silk gut and Indian grass lines.
by wsbailey
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Winged Wet Flies
Topic: Folded quill winged wet flies
Replies: 25
Views: 618

Re: Folded quill winged wet flies

George Kelson came to the conclusion that salmon had become so accustomed to Jock Scott flies that he designed a new fly using the rarest feathers. The fly, called Inky Boy, was one reason that classic salmon flies lost out to more modern flies. It was really all about the sense of privilege that ga...
by wsbailey
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Winged Wet Flies
Topic: Folded quill winged wet flies
Replies: 25
Views: 618

Re: Folded quill winged wet flies

Most modern classic salmon flies are tied as wall hangers. In most cases they aren't practical for fishing because of the silk gut loop. The silk gut used to extend to the bend of the hook but due to cost only a short amount is used these days.
by wsbailey
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Winged Wet Flies
Topic: Folded quill winged wet flies
Replies: 25
Views: 618

Re: Folded quill winged wet flies

The main difference between applied art and fine art is purpose. Applied art is tailored for functionality, or in other words, the design meets a practical purpose; its used for something. While, on the other hand, fine art is solely for aesthetic, visual purposes.
by wsbailey
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Winged Wet Flies
Topic: Folded quill winged wet flies
Replies: 25
Views: 618

Re: Folded quill winged wet flies

Davie McPhail tears rather than cuts bronze mallard for wings. They seem to hold together better that way.
by wsbailey
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Wild boar hair
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: Wild boar hair

I used to get wild boar hair from a hunting outfit in Canada. I've processed the wool of many different boar. Some of the wool is like steel wool and some is very soft and fine. Wild boar wool is not very well represented in fly tying literature. The salmon fly tyers of Brittany France are the most ...