Typically I prefer natural materials to synthetics but recently companies have been creating all kinds of synthetics. I was at Puget Sound Fly Fishing and found a package of Hareline’s Syntheic Quill. I wanted to take this opportunity to use the material and share with you my experience with it.
I have worked with natural quills both stripped and ones I stripped myself, and I must say I enjoy the consistency and use ability of the synthetic. It goes on smooth, wraps evenly and won’t break on you. Essentially it looks a lot like Wingback material that is not opaque. I only picked up the red quill but I will be on the look out for more colors.
The only downside I found in using it so far is that the quill on the end had some white from the backing when it was cut so I could not use it. Other than the one piece all the others were cut perfectly. Wrapping was quick and easy, as the pieces grabbed onto the hook with each turn. I was able to quickly turn out a few jigs this morning with a little added Seal-X ice dubbing from Spirit River.
Hook: Size 10 HH11
Bead: 4.0 mm Slotted Silver
Body: Hareline Synthetic Quill Red
Collar: Spirit River Seal-X Nightmare Red
I bought some more colors and added these flies.