Few issues can begin an argument amongst fly tiers than the topic of what makes an “genuine” Catskill-style dry fly. I’ve seen grown males nearly come to blows over residence many turns of hackle or thread wraps are too many or too few. I’m positive that some of us will discover flaws with the Ginger Quill demonstrated right here, however I assure that the trout will give it two fins up.
On this nice video by Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, creator and blogger Matt Grobert completely nails the proportions and magnificence that make Catskill-style flies so prized by anglers and tiers alike. Grobert’s methods for measuring, making ready, and attaching every materials usually are not tough, and the outcomes are merely lovely. Likelihood is, your first few makes an attempt gained’t look pretty much as good as Grobert’s, however observe makes good.
Hook: Customary dry-fly hook (right here, a Dai-Riki #300), sizes 14-20.
Thread: Olive, 6/zero or 140-denier.
Wings: Mallard primary-feather segments, matched.
Tail: Ginger or brown hackle fibers.
Physique: Stripped peacock quill.
Hackle: Similar as tail.
Head: Tying thread.