Fly Tying
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Just A Bug

Just A Bug

Many years ago when I was in medical school, I had one of the doctors I was working with tell me that I needed to see what a doctor does on his day off.  He picked me up the next morning at 5 am and we went Bream fishing on Lake Conway.

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Fly Tying
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How to Strip Peacock Quills

Quill Body Frenchie

The Frenchie is a competition fly popularized in France.  Tying is described in Mrogan Lyle’s book Simple Flies.  My buddies and I are going to fish the Driftless Area in Wisconsin, the home of the Pink Squirrel, and I tied these to try.  The Frenchie has a pink hot spot also.

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Fly Tying/Materials
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Peacock Quill

Polish Hand Stripped Quills

The herl in and just below the eye of a peacock feather can be used to form the segmented body of small flies.  The quills are flat and distinctly marked giving the fly a realistic abdomen.  You can easily make your own.  However, if you don’t want to or don’t have the time, they are available commercially.

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