Catskill style flies- the Red Quill

by Tightline Productions tied by Matt Grobert

Art Flick’s old standard just doesn’t get old. it’s elegant, as effective as ever, straightforward to tie (just be sure to get the proportions right !), comprised solely of feathers and as an interesting-quirky feature, was devised to represent the Ephemerella subvaria (Hendrickson) male.
the TroutNut link tells us: “There are significant differences between the males and females in both size and color, and anglers should be prepared to match either one” but unfortunately doesn’t tell us what those differences are… however, once in the imago stage, these mayflies tend to drift for quite a long time before flying off and that’s what makes this ‘old-style high-riding’ fly interesting, specially for those of us who tend to favour emerging imitations over the completed imago.
nuff said, this as-ever great video by Tim Flagler shows in great detail how to get this fly just right. i hope you’ll enjoy.

6 thoughts on “Catskill style flies- the Red Quill

  1. there is no subvaria in europe Marc, every half decent gay nympher knows it! 😛

    “There are significant differences between the males and females in both size and color, and anglers should be prepared to match either one” – that sounds a bit halfordian 🙂

    • i know that Alex but
      a) the fish don’t know and will eat them anywhere
      b) most of my my readers aren’t from Europe…
      c) i’m not a half decent gay nympher

      😛

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