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Quill Body Emerger

The dry fly quill body emerger is a highly effective fly pattern, particularly when targeting trout during insect hatch periods. This versatile and impressionistic fly imitates the transitional stage of aquatic insects as they emerge from their nymphal form to the adult stage. The quill body emerger’s name is derived from its distinct feature: a slender body made from the delicate and translucent barbs of a peacock quill. This natural material not only creates a lifelike appearance but also provides subtle segmentation that closely resembles the exoskeleton of emerging insects.

To fish the quill body emerger effectively, anglers often employ dead-drift presentations, mimicking the helpless insects as they rise to the surface. The fly can be tied in various sizes and colors to match specific insect species, making it a versatile choice for anglers looking to match the hatch. When fished correctly, the quill body emerger can be a go-to pattern for fooling selective trout during the hatch, making it a must-have in your fly box.

This pattern was tied by Raymond Collette, aka @theokayfisherman on Instagram and YouTube. Check out his Etsy shop here.


Hanak 300
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed — Black
Coq De Leon (CDL) — Pardo
Polish Quill
Rooster hackle — Badger
Elk Hair — Bleached
UV Resin — Clear

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