Starling quill

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Starling quill

Post by upstatetrout » Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:58 pm

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This fly no. 60. Plate 11 from North Country Flies. The July Dun.The wing is starling quill. I find it extremely difficult to work with this material. Does any one have any critiques or tips for starling quill control?

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Re: Starling quill

Post by wsbailey » Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:03 pm

In the days when flies were tied in hand the wings were often tied in first; pointed forward of the eye. When the rest of the fly was finished; the wings were pulled back over the body and tied down.
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Re: Starling quill

Post by letumgo » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:55 pm

Tom,

To my eye, your tying style is very classic. I really like the way you set the wings, and general proportions.

Bill,

I had noticed that winging technique on the older flies. Many of the MOM flies are tyed in this manner. It makes for a very durable wing.
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Re: Starling quill

Post by Hankinsfly » Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:19 pm

Nice wings. Looks tasty.
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Re: Starling quill

Post by wsbailey » Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:04 am

There's the heretical approach.

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Re: Starling quill

Post by tie2fish » Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:21 pm

Good SBS, Bill. What publication did that come out of?
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Re: Starling quill

Post by wsbailey » Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:26 pm

Practical Fly-tying by T. R. Henn 1950. One thing that is unusual about this book is that the instructions are for tying in hand without a vise.
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Re: Starling quill

Post by upstatetrout » Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:43 pm

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This fly the flights fancy is perhaps a hundred years old or more. I suspect it is of William Mills and son origin. Whoever tied this fly was a master of applying starling wings. The fly I removed from its envelope in an old Common Sense wallet. It is pristene save for some tarnished gold tinseling.

Bill thank you for your research I got some interesting tips from your article

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Re: Starling quill

Post by redsedge » Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:10 pm

wsbailey wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:04 am
There's the heretical approach.
Call me a heretic! Thanks for posting those pages, Bill.
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Re: Starling quill

Post by wsbailey » Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:36 pm

More heresy.

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