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#1 dazzyd

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 10:12 PM

I've been working my way through the Queen of The Waters family, here's my current attempt at a Fan Wing version. I saw this version on Sparse Grey Matters.
I can't find any history for a fan wing, it may be that the tyer on SGM just tied one in this style, so if anyone knows anything i'd love to know more about it.

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#2 catskilljohn

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 10:34 PM

Stunning fly my friend! 

 

The Dette's list a fan wing QoW in their old catalog, it was commonplace to tie "standard" patterns in the fan wing style.  Guys liked fan wings, and except for the twisted leaders [which in itself was sometimes desirable] what's not to like?  Easy to see, they were no more difficult to tye than wood duck and they floated better than flank fibered wings. 

 

As far as history, George Lebranche's father used the QoW  likely in either version, so its an oldie for sure. 

 

Nice job on yours, that's a beauty.   CJ



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Posted 14 September 2013 - 02:47 AM

Nicely done!!!


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#4 dazzyd

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 06:27 AM

Thanks you CJ, every little nugget of info helps:) Ron, Praise indeed, thank you:) Darrell
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#5 geraldsherbrook

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 08:29 AM

Dear DARRELL,

That's a real real beauty my friend !!!

Your flytying is progressed seemingly still considerably !!!

Marvellous how the hackling shows ...great FAN WING ...and in the end a sublime "QUEEN OF THE WATERS"

one to be proud of Darrell !!!

CONTINUE !


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#6 dazzyd

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 08:58 AM

Thank you Geert, i'm really pleased with this fly, it's become an interesting project in tying all the types of QOTW as close as possible to the original patterns.
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Posted 14 September 2013 - 01:11 PM

Very nice fly Darrel !!!

Image quality impressive. !!!!



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Posted 14 September 2013 - 02:14 PM

Thank you Richard, i'm glad you like it:)
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Posted 14 September 2013 - 02:32 PM

Something I can only aspire to achieve someday.  Simply beautiful.


~ DFG

 

 


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Posted 14 September 2013 - 02:53 PM

Hi DFG It's all down to practice, practice and then some more practice. Also, find the best materials you can - makes life so much simpler;)
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#11 Don Bastian

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 01:30 PM

Hi Darrell;

 

Already told you this viia e-mail, but great tying my friend! Excellent work on replicating this classic dry fly pattern!

 

I have a 1935 Weber catalog, features fan wings. Also, William Mills & Sons and Ogden Smiths on line catalogs had fan wings in the 1920's. Ray Bergman wrote quite a bit about them in his first book, Just Fishing, 1932.


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#12 dazzyd

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 01:49 PM

Thank you Don

 

As always, your comments and encouragement are always most welcome:)

 

Can't seem to get hold of Just Fishing in the UK at the moment but I did find a reference to a fan wing QOTW in a 1911 Ogden Smiths catalogue (a scan of the colour Plates) where there were simply titled "Mermaid" American Dry Flies - I don't know what "Mermaid" refers to though.

 

http://www.wildfishe...81104#msg181104

 

Darrell


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#13 Dale A. Darling

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 11:20 PM

Looks great!

 

Thanks.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:18 AM

Thank you Dale:)
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