This week's Fly Friday comes from PRO-Team member Chris Reeves and its the Quill bodied “Cruncher”....

Hook: Partridge Heavy Wet G3A/L size 10 12 or 14

Thread: Black 8/0

Tail: Whiting Coq De Leon fibres

Body: Stripped peacock herl

Thorax: Peacock lite brite dubbing or similar

Hackle: Furnace Whiting American hen hackle

This fly is a variation on the famous cruncher and is a development to make use of the new trend in stripped quill bodies. The stripped quill gives a good segmentation and a body with a hard shiny finish.

When tying the fly I prefer to use quills that I have stripped myself from quality eye feathers. By doing this you ensure the quality of the quill and can be confident it will not break when would, a touch of varnish on the shank before winding helps too.

Use the best hackle you can afford. I specify Whiting as the shape of the feather and quality of the fibres is consistent and you will be able to get several turns from each feather. This allows you to dress the fly for different conditions, heavy hackle for a big wave, sparse hackle for calm conditions.

I fish this fly almost exclusively on the middle dropper or, if fishing with 4 flies, on the second dropper ahead of a nymph.  The fly is often effective when the fish are feeding on hatching buzzers and stomach contents show a mix of midge adults, pupae and larvae.

Chris Reeves

Some of you may have met me at the British Fly Fair International, The Spring Flyfishing Show, at The Fly Dressers' Guild evenings, or perhaps at a European or American fly show. Others of you may have fished with or against me on the riverbank, lakeside or more likely in a boat during the “Loch Style” competition season, or in friendly outings run by clubs like Fishing For Fun. I’ve been fishing for as long as I can remember and flyfishing for over 25 years. The world of flyfishing fascinates me, and as family and friends will testify, I’ll take every opportunity to fish for trout, salmon or other species, on rivers, lakes, reservoirs, or the sea, in the UK or other parts of the world ... Fly tying was a logical progression from flyfishing, so I started tying flies almost as soon as I began to flyfish, learning from books and from exchanging ideas with other fly tiers. I really enjoy the challenge of developing and tying new patterns, and then making sure they work. Well, you have to, don’t you? In 2006, Whiting Farms signed me up as a member of their Fly Tying Pro Team, giving me access to some fantastic materials which I hope to be able to share with you from time to time. In addition, in May 2010 I completed the Orvis-endorsed fly fishing guides course at Clearwater Lodge in California, USA. Since retiring from the Metropolitan Police in 2008 after 33 years of service, I’m able to dedicate more time to fishing and flytying.

Watch the view below of Chris tying a Turkey Nymph for Trout on a Partridge hook and Partridge stall.


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