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Wood Duck Flank

Lemon Woodduck Plumage Fly Tying Murray's Fly Shop Virginia
Lemon Woodduck Plumage

This is part one of three parts on dry fly winging material.  The woodduck flank feathers you see here are one of my favorite materials for tying delicate dry fly wing. They are easy to use and many of the students in my fly tying classes use these to tie great drys on their first attempt. I have friends who use these on the Quill Gordon Dry Fly, March Brown Dry Fly, Light Cahill Dry Fly and many other patterns.


It is important to know the specific mayflies that will be hatching as the season progresses so you know which fly with which to fish. An easy way to predict this as I see in 30 years of my stream notes is to watch the wildflowers in the mountains.

*When the blood root is out full the Quill Gordons are hatching well so use a Mr. Rapidan Dry size 14.
*When the Trillium are beginning to break through the little Blue Quills are on in good numbers so use a Blue Quill Dry size 16 or 18.
*When the Trillium are out full all around the streams the March Browns are hatching well so use a Mr. Rapidan Dry size 14.