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Tying Cornie’s Quill

Cornies Quill tied by Paul Beel
Cornies Quill tied by Paul Beel

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel Blogs @ FrankenFly
On July 18, 1959 a meeting was held at George Griffith’s cabin known as the “Barbless Hook.” The cabin sat on the Au Sable River in Michigan along a stretch known as the “Holy Waters.”

The meeting was called by George Mason and George Griffith to discuss the need for an organization that would help to preserve trout fishing for years to come. This organization became Trout Unlimited. Among those present were Lon Adams, Fred Bear, Earl Madsen, Art Neumann and Casey Westell, Jr.

Another fly fisherman present was Mr. Cornie Schrems of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Cornie was not a fly tyer himself. Instead, he had either Art Neumann or Dan Bailey tie the flies he fished. Art Neumann named a fly after him, called Cornie’s Quill. The fly was likely created in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. It has become a very effective and classic dry fly which can be used throughout the season.

Materials list for Cornies Quill:
Hook: standard dry fly hook (JS Hook # 105)
Thread: Black, 6/0 (Danville 6/0 Flymaster)
Tail: Brown Hackle Fibers (Whiting 100’s Saddle Pack)
Wing: Mallard Flank Feathers, upright and divided (Mallard Flank Feathers)
Body: Stripped Peacock Herl (Strung Peacock Herl)
Hackle: Grizzly & Brown, mixed (Whiting 100’s Saddle Pack)

Tying In Hand

Guest Blogger: Eunan Hendron, Eunan Blogs @ Addicted to Vise

Jungle Ghost
Jungle Ghost 1 8xl – Tied in Hand

Tying in hand is the art of tying flies without a vise or bobbin. Not many folks tie their flies this way any longer; it is a dying art, often practiced only by those who tie classic Atlantic salmon flies. However, some of the greatest tyers of the 20th century tied all their flies by hand, prime examples being Ms. Carrie Stevens and many of the famous Catskill dry fly originators. These days there are a smattering of tyers, particularly in the Pacific Northwest who tie fishing flies in hand for steelhead and salmon, and there are those of us who tie in hand, purely for the fun of the challenge. I’m in no way an expert at the craft, but I’ve enjoyed the little bit that I have done so much that I wanted to share the experience.

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Classic Flies Improve Your Tying Skills

That First Jock Scott
That First Jock Scott

From Guest Blogger: Eunan Hendron, Eunan blogs @ Addicted to Vise

In December 2011 I got back on the tying wagon after about 12 years off. I decided I wanted to tie a classic salmon fly, the Jock Scott. I got all my materials together and tied that sucker for all I was worth, and it was rubbish. Undeterred, I tied a similarly poor effort, and subsequently ended up on a tying journey since then which has brought me both great dismay yet an immeasurable amount of pleasure that still continues today.

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