With a touch of Bug Bond and UV light the BWO Quill & CdC shines glassy and lifelike. Whether you’re a fan or not, the BWO Quill & CdC design is well worth having in your fly box when spring and early summer fly fishing start.


I few days ago, I received a few samples of Vidar Nysæter’s dyed Norwegian badger. I often use badger as tailing material for may fly duns and nymphs. It was obvious I had to tie a classic no hackle pattern to test out these delicate hairs.

The Norwegian badger is used in the tail of the BWO Quill & CdC, and is an important element of the fly. The stiff badger hair supports and balances out the overall fly design, and keeps the BWO floating.

Badger is a very good alternative to fibettes or other alternatives when you’re tying the tails. The badger gives the fly a realistic look and a buggy feel.

The abdomen is not sensational in any way. I guess most of us have these nicely segmented mayflies in the fly box already. It’s the wing design that’s really interesting on this fly. A folded CdC wing creates a light and very convincing wing profile and the technique is very much like the Comparadun in appearance. I really do not know who came up with this idea first, but I’ve seen the Danish fly tier SMHAEN create this nice wings both elegantly and efficient.

Combined with the bug bonded body, the wing gives contributes to a clear presentation of the body of the fly.

Try this design on may flies that sit level on the water. On Norwegian waters the Baetis Rhodani and the Ephemerella Ignita are good imitations for this fly design. Also try to tie them with your favorite dubbing or turkey biot.


Hook: Grip 11911BL (or any other dry fly hook), Size 14-16
Thread: Veevus 12/0 Black
Abdomen:  Peacock Quill (stripped), dyed olive (Polish Quill). Bug Bond.
Tail: Four Badger hairs – here dyed golden olive
Thorax: Golden Olive Squirrel dubbing with SLF
Wing: Three CdC feathers – natural gray

This fly is a quick tie, but the wing tankes some training to get right. But tie a few, and you’ll get the hang of it pretty fast. Vary the body material and use the material you’re most comfortable with.

Fishing Tips

High and dry  – dead drift as most other dry duns.

The following articles containg information on this fly and the principles behind the No Hackle dry fly