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The Mirage: diaphanous CDC

“I noticed a…feather resting on the surface…going down with the current. A slight breeze was making it do small movements in the foam and the feather slid lightly on the water so as to make it look like a living thing.” Agostino Roncallo

magie_cdc_1_75mm_webI recently came upon a simple, enticing concept for a fly pattern at Tom Sutcliffe’s The Spirit of Fly Fishing called The Mirage by Agostino Roncallo. A single, delicate, buoyant CDC feather, the tying thread and the hook comprise the dry fly.

Delicate and may sustain some damage after a fish or two, but given the simplicity of the tie and the reputed effectiveness, who cares. Tie a row or two and dance along the surface. A delicate fly for selective and non-selective fish: trout/grayling

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Agostino Roncallo first started tying this simple fly in the 90’s and later wrote about the magic properties of CDC: Cul de Canard

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4 Responses to “The Mirage: diaphanous CDC”


  1. January 16, 2014 at 19:46

    Thanks for this one! Beautiful simplicity.

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    • January 16, 2014 at 19:51

      Yes…it may take a little practice to get that upright wing from the butt end of the feather but I does look like a fun experiment at the very least. Thanks for dropping by.

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  2. January 16, 2014 at 12:27

    It has been a long held belief of mine that one of the advantages of CDC is that it probably “feels” more like a real fly when consumed by a trout than would perhaps other stiffer materials, giving a better chance of a hook up for the angler. This simple pattern in small sizes must feel very close to the real thing when chomped with a mouthful of water.

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