Tying Micro Paraduns With McLean’s Quill Body Material

The smaller your patterns become, the more thought you’ll need to put into the materials that you intend to use. From synthetic Superfine dubbing which can create superb, super-slim bodies and thoraxes, to natural goose biots and stripped peacock herl; there are a wide variety of materials that suit these smaller patterns depending on what effect you are looking to create.

Although a big fan of goose/turkey biots (especially for the segmentation effect they create) they can sometimes be a little big which, in turn, can add just that tiny bit too much bulk to my small flies. One of my main points of discussion at the recent Gwent Angling Fly Tying Demo Day was the topic of ‘bulk’, where one extra thread wrap on a size #28 can make the difference between a perfectly proportioned pattern, to one that is too bulky and which has a vastly distorted silhouette to the natural you are trying to mimic. Remember, the proportions of a fly’s body, thorax, wing, etc, are all relative.

As biots can sometimes offer just that little too much bulk, I attempted to combat this by purchasing a pack of McLean’s Quill Body from Phil Holding over at the Fly Tying Boutique quite some time ago. For some unknown reason, the pack has lain forgotten at the bottom of my tying bag until yesterday evening.

I had an order of a dozen micro paraduns to tie up and thought I’d play around with the quill body material a little; if it didn’t come out right, I’d go back to tying the patterns with either dubbed bodies, or to those incorporating goose biots. You’ll see from the first image below that the material is thin, adds little bulk, and creates a nice, slim, segmented body; it’s also a great alternative to stripped peacock herl. Either way, I’m impressed, so I’ll be playing around with this material more and more over the coming weeks.

Sadly, I don’t think Phil sells the Quill Body packs any more, however, if anyone can recommend where I can source more from, please let me know.

Happy tying!

Micro Paradun (#24) with McLean’s Quill Body (olive)
Micro Paradun (#24) with McLean’s Quill Body (olive)

Micro Paradun (#24) with goose biot body
Micro Paradun (#24) with goose biot body

Micro Paradun (#24) with dubbed body
Micro Paradun (#24) with dubbed body

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