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.