Fishing Flies: Blue Quill Shopping

November 10, 2005 By: Marshall Cutchin

George Grant describes what to look for when buying one of his favorite fall flies, the Blue Quill. “If you’re buying them, look for a slender body tied with a clearly segmented peacock quill and sparse dun hackle. The segmentation is produced when a quill from near the eye of the peacock feather is used for the body and many commercial flies lack it because they are tied with quills from the shaft of the feather.”