Hemingway’s synthetic tapered peacock quills
THESE synthetic peacock quills are different from others I’ve seen before in that they are individuall individually tapered. Made from a very thin, self-adhesive and flexible vinyl material, each quill tapers from a 0.2mm tip to a 2.2mm end section. Each one measures 10cm (four inches) in length and there are 20 quills per pack. Because they are tapered they are suitable for flies flflies from size 18 and 20 all the way up to large nymphs and Mayflies. Unlike natural peacock quills, these are incredibly tough and very easy to work with, even if you are a heavy- handed tyer. You can stretch them out and they won’t split or break when you tie them in. The vinyl sheets are pre-cut so all you have to do is lift one end and peel it off the backing card. Being self- adhesive means they are easy to position when tying in and when making consecutive wraps up the body to create the segmented effect. They are available in four different effects: standard, transparent, holographic and flfluorescent and I had the latter three for review. The transparent and holographic quills come in black, blue, green, grey, light orange, natural, olive, red, salmon, tan, yellow and yellow olive, a comprehensive colour ranger suitable for a wide range of Buzzers, nymphs and drydr flflies. The transparent quills work particularly well when wrapped over a coloured underbody as the subtle colour of the thread or floss flfloss shows through to give a translucent imitative effect. The fluorescent flfluorescent colours are green, hot red, light orange, orange, pink and yellow, ideal for bodies on mini lures, wet flflies and Boobies. The print quality in terms of colour, shading and detail is excellent with each individual quill featuring a dark and light edge and a gradient effect. The quills also take varnish, epoxy and UV resins very well, ell, giving a beautiful shiny fifinish finish when totally dry.
Fluo quills (above) and an individual tapered quill (left).