Tying Cornie’s Quill

Cornies Quill tied by Paul Beel
Cornies Quill tied by Paul Beel

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel Blogs @ FrankenFly
On July 18, 1959 a meeting was held at George Griffith’s cabin known as the “Barbless Hook.” The cabin sat on the Au Sable River in Michigan along a stretch known as the “Holy Waters.”

The meeting was called by George Mason and George Griffith to discuss the need for an organization that would help to preserve trout fishing for years to come. This organization became Trout Unlimited. Among those present were Lon Adams, Fred Bear, Earl Madsen, Art Neumann and Casey Westell, Jr.

Another fly fisherman present was Mr. Cornie Schrems of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Cornie was not a fly tyer himself. Instead, he had either Art Neumann or Dan Bailey tie the flies he fished. Art Neumann named a fly after him, called Cornie’s Quill. The fly was likely created in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. It has become a very effective and classic dry fly which can be used throughout the season.

Materials list for Cornies Quill:
Hook: standard dry fly hook (JS Hook # 105)
Thread: Black, 6/0 (Danville 6/0 Flymaster)
Tail: Brown Hackle Fibers (Whiting 100’s Saddle Pack)
Wing: Mallard Flank Feathers, upright and divided (Mallard Flank Feathers)
Body: Stripped Peacock Herl (Strung Peacock Herl)
Hackle: Grizzly & Brown, mixed (Whiting 100’s Saddle Pack)