Amongst other things, one revealing aspect of travelling further afield is seeing fly patterns local to certain areas or regions.  Good friend and ace guide Renato Opancar introduced me to this little number some years ago on the river Pliva in Bosnia.  It was during an evening session in early September when the wind fell light and small, slender stoneflies filled the air.  Many fluttered haplessly across the water too, bringing trout and grayling to the surface in a feeding frenzy.

In truth, any number of small, wispy CdC type flies would have worked their magic though better fish seemed to line the far bank, only sipping in static or semi drowned stoneflies as they drifted motionless down the margins.  Given an age to inspect would be food this quill bodied stonefly proved an instant hit with fish stationed in these more pedestrian flows where more general dressings failed

Although the adult stoneflies in question were minus tails, a few CdC fibres protruding from the rear of this fly help add to a certain bedraggled look.  Peacock quills are fragile affairs at the best of times, so a layer of varnish makes for a more bombproof dressing.  This coating should be allowed to dry before securing a wing of CdC, which consists of no more than two feathers.

Quill Bodied Stonefly:

Hook: Partridge SLD2 standard dry size 14-18

Thread: Claret 14/0 Sheer

Tail & Wing: Natural CdC

Body: Stripped peacock quill


Paul Procter

A resident of the Lake District, AAPGAI Master and Wild Trout Trust Vice-President Paul Procter is a dedicated fly fisher. With 30 years experience on rivers, lakes and tropical saltwater fly fishing, Paul is a leading contributor to the UK’s premier publications-Trout and Salmon and its sister magazine-Trout Fisherman.

A talented and innovative fly tyer, Paul’s flies have become recognised as a signature for his many articles. Having spent the last decade travelling extensively throughout Europe, the Americas and Southern Hemisphere, he has gained a wealth of knowledge on many of the celebrated rivers and streams with an intimate understanding of fly hatches and their imitations required to tempt fish. In turn this has allowed him to develop specialist patterns with the opportunity to field test hook models on a range of fish species and ultimately provide valuable feedback. However, having fished the far corners of the globe, his abiding love remains the light line approach on intimate Northern streams, fishing North Country spiders (soft hackled flies) and dry flies. Here the rivers offer such diversity that Paul has honed all fishing disciplines on systems like the Eden, Wharf and Ure.

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