The Quill Gordon is perhaps one of the most well know dry flies ever tied and fished. Thanks to Theodore Gordon whom brought this fly to light in the late 19th early 20th century. To see this and other ties of Allen’s mark your calenders for June 18th’s Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Heritage event- http://www.paflyfishing.org
You can tye this fly on any standard dry fly hook, with sizes 12 down 18 working the best. First start by putting the hook in your vise and start the thread. For this one this one, I am using 8/0 black uni thread and tying on a size 12 Mustad dry fly hook. Note the start position of the thread. I always start my thread here to set my wings, by doing so you will keep the wings a consistent hight and will prevent you from crowding the head.
Now it’s time to get the wing standing upright. This is accomplished by grasping the wing and pulling it straight up while wrapping your tying thread in front of the wing . This creates a small dam of thread which will hold the fibers up.
Now that you have your wing standing up it is time to separate the fibers to create two wings. By pulling the wing fibers in two somewhat even bunches, pass your tying thread between them using the figure 8 method. This will keep the two wings separated.
It’s time to tye in the tail. Good stiff tailing hackle is imperative to get that nice straight tail. I have started using Coq De Leon, it comes in an array of colors and provides a nice stiff hackle for tailing dry flies. On this fly I used a dark dun Coq feather, which matches up pretty nice with the hackle I used to tye this fly. Take your feather and pull off enough fibers to create a nice tail.
Now that you have measured, trim the waist end and tye in. When you tye it in hold it up to the fly and tye in so the butt ends blend into the butt of the wing tye in point ,this will give you a nice some what even body profile.
Now that the tail is tied in, it is time to select, prepare, and tye in a stripped peacock quill. Choose a nice quill from close to the eye of a quality peacock eye feather.To strip these I use my thumbnail and index finger. I pull the quill between them untill all the fibers are removed (you can also use a rubber eraser to do this as well)
Now that the wings, tail, and body are done it is time to complete the fly by tying in the hackle. Choose an appropriate size hackle for your fly (if you are not sure of the size use your hackle gauge). I am tying on a size 12 hook so I usually use a hackle 1/2 to one full size larger than the hook calls for. In this case a size 12 1/2 to 13 hackle.
To finish fly add a touch of head cement to the body and head . Let it dry and your ready to go fishing.
You can see more of Allen’s flies at his blog http://burntdrags.blogspot.com… and on Jun 18th at the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Heritage day, more in at http://www.paflyfishing.org/