Had and BRILLIANT idea tonite...OK,,,I used the barred,,or plain,,I used barred,,rubber stings you use for 'legs' on nymphs, stoneflies,,etc....and thought,,,'dang,,they float (well a straight piece does),,,why not use them to wrap a 'quill' looking body on a dry fly. I used a standard dry hook,,size 16,,made a nice Adams 'quilled' body dry,,using the rubber 'round and 'round the hook for a quilled body. Sank like the Titanic. Looks like a million,,it really does,,but I guess the mass is too heavy when you wrap it around the hook,,,I did build up a taper with thread underneath first though.
Oh well,,,there went my 'cheap and easy rubber quill' idea. One might could make it float with enough floatant added,,but I wouldn't bother. Gonna fish this 'dry' as a 'wet' on bluegills or something I suppose.
Mike, if I had a dollar for every great idea I thought I had at the tying bench, I'd have quite a few dollars! At least Bluegills & other panfishes aren't too critical of failed attempts. Still, I learned a lot from experimenting too. It appears you have also learned something! Keep at it! Thanks for sharing, as perhaps your failed attempt, may in fact help someone else!
I need to tie some midge & other small nymph patterns. Perhaps the rubber would be a good material for that application since it sinks!
Jim, I used a barred brownish rubber ,,and I tell you,,it looked so quill/bug body like that I was totally excited,,till I tried to float it lol..but if you want a quill looking body for a sub-surface fly,,this should be good stuff. I'm gonna work on that very idea myself. The rubber is a LOT cheaper than buying quills...and so easy to wrap that it's even fun. I think you could turn it ever other turn and get a real good 'grub' look with it. White outta wrap a super meal worm or maggot fly.