There were a few peers on a classic tying forum that were summoning up their artistic flair to make the general "ugly patterns" look good. One of the patterns brought up was the Grey Rover.
After a viewing of a few of their inspiring Grey Rover builds, it gave me the inspiration to tie up the pattern (mind you, that this is in the middle of dry fly season and I am not apt to tie any wets during this important time). So the desire to tie up a classic wet surprised even myself.
I felt the rust, but it turned out okay.
The rear body segment of the Grey Rover is stripped peacock quill (which drew the ire of the aforementioned classic forum tyers). It seems just an odd ingredient to an otherwise very handsome pattern. Maybe it was a bet in a pub that started this weirdness.
Very handsome ... but I hear what you're saying about the stripped peacock herl ... it's blah.
Which also brings up that a herl quill is rather delicate and may not last more than one fish or even an hour if fished in rocky terrain. A counter ribbing of wire might increase longevity.
I think your build turned out better than just "okay" as you mentioned ... not much rust seen from my end brother