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