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Fly Tying: Emerger

Another tweaked, variation of what I have been tying this weekend. In this instance, I used a single herl of dyed peacock for the abdomen. The thorax was dubbed and teased out a bit to trail back over the abdomen. The CDC wing and Starling hackle were tied in with less material on the size 16 hook. The thread was 14/0 Sheer. I really like the Nature’s Spirit bleached/dyed peacock sticks; very nice for gills in the abdomen area of a mayfly nymph. Or, for the thorax area where natural peacock herl is often used.


Fly Tying: CDC/Starling Emerger

In my ongoing ‘psychological nudity’, I have to say I have this growing fixation with emergers, wets, CDC, Starling and the visuals of slashing or porpoising takes near the surface. So, with that in my mind, if not yours, I have been tying CDC winged patterns with vague, mental references to BWO’s, March Browns and with a change of clothing PMD’s (I must have violated all manner of grammatical rules by now!) and fly tying as well. So be it….

The fly was tied on a Mustad 3906 Nymph hook (still, I think, one of the best hooks ever made for nymphs), w/ 14/0 Black thread. The tail is ‘Brown Stone’ Antron by Wapsi. The abdomen is several progressive layers of the 14/0 thread. The thorax begins with several wraps from a single herl of Nature’s Spirit Brown Olive dyed peacock stick. Then two CDC puffs, Rusty Brown by Wapsi, front by a Starling feather from Hairline. I am going to mix and match this recipe up into October. Streams or lakes, you know this will work.


Fly Tying: CDC Winged Emerger

A little randomness in tying. A size 16, Emerger pattern tied to sit low in the film, and sink a bit at the end of the presentation. The Z-lon tail/shuck could be left off and the pattern could be used as a low riding Caddis pattern. Each one looks different, (not unusual for me) as I experimented with hackle color, thread color, body material (thread or dubbing) and thorax color/material. Same techniques to tie but different outcomes.


Fly Tying: BWO Emerger (thread body)

My experiment for a segmented thread body fell flat so to speak. The first layer, olive, was fine, but the over layer of black laid flat and obscured much of the green. I could twist the black thread and see if I get a finer black ribbing. Or an ultra fine wire ribbing that would provide a cleaner appearance.

BWO Emerger (Thread body/ribbing) SB


Fly Tying: Marjan Fratnik’s F Fly

A most elementary, simple fly for the beginner. A CDC winged wet fly…the F Fly. For the beginner…leave it alone. Tie it as described. Sometimes the nemesis of the tier is to not leave well enough alone. Not sometimes, often. Partly experimentation, partly boredom, the tier takes simplicity and adds this and that. I suggest tying  some basic patterns and fishing those basic patterns to remind your self now and many times later that simplicity has its aesthetic rewards also. I notice in some of the renditions they trim the tips of the CDC to form an even wing tip. I would rather maintain the natural tips than cut them off; much like the tier is cautioned in trimming the ends of marabou to a blunt finish.

F Fly (



Fly Tying: Shuttlecock Buzzer (Fore & Aft CDC Wings)

Ok, bare with me, but I tied these in a hurry to demonstrate a CDC wing tied in at the eye (standard) and back at the bend. The Shuttlecock Buzzer, here, was tied on a size 16 light wire hook. The body is 8/0 black thread. First I tied in two small plumes of CDC for the wing. I wrapped a tinsel body and overwrapped/ribbed it with the black thread. I spun and dubbed a small amount of synthetic dubbing. The fly was tied off at the eye, under the CDC wing. The trick is to not catch fibers of the CDC in the half hitches as you tie off.

The above Shuttlecock Buzzer is unique with the CDC Wing first tied in at the rear at the bend. I then tied in a single strand of peacock Krystal flash, then dubbed a small thorax and then wrapped the thread body back and forth a couple of times. I finished by ribbing the Krystal Flash strand up the body and tied the thread off at the eye. This fly was also tied on a size 16 hook.

Neither pattern is that crisp, but they help show the wing to the front and the more unique wing over the bend of the hook.


Fly Tying: A Pic Worth …..Words

CDC Mayfly How To (Lucian Vasies)




Fly Tying: Carpet Caddis

I posted below about gathering fly tying materials where you find them. I remarked upon finding a carpet remnant and that I harvested a few patches. So, I experimented with a single, twisted strand of Antron yarn. I tied in a copper wire ribbing at the bend of the hook. Then I laid the strand atop the shank of a size 16 hook and secured the carpet fiber at the thorax area. Then the ribbing was wrapped over the yarn from the rear to the front…about 4 turns. The carpet fiber stayed atop the shank, much like the Poopah patterns. A CDC feather was tied in by the tip and wrapped a couple of times around the shank and followed by a CDC wing of two bunched feathers. The wire ribbing is a tad too heavy…I should go thinner. Nothing innovative here…just used a carpet fiber from a remnant headed to the dump. Recycling of sorts.

Antron Carpet Fiber (SB)

Carpet Caddis (SwittersB)

Carpet Caddis (SwittersB)


Fly Tying: CDC & Thread (And, a Touch More)

Been tying more with CDC of late and fishing it more. I love the low in the film quality this material imparts to flies. I was experimenting with a simple pattern. Nothing unique…but it is effective. Call it what you will…emerger…dun…(I was going to say hairwing dun, but the wing is not elk or deer hair). At any rate, this pattern has been working in the midst of caddis and mayflies and I am going to continue to experiment with it. I tied one with a dubbed thorax and one without. You can see by the cant of the wing how that influences the wing angle. The wings are a touch long. They probably don’t need to extend back past the bend of the hook. Notice on the second pattern that I rolled the Antron tail off the top. This was not visible to the eye…the lens detects such slips. The bottom of the hackle could be clipped short to float the fly even lower in the film. I wanted to build up a thread abdomen with the 8/0 thread. That was ok, but once I tied in the CDC, I maybe should have used 14/0 thread to tie in the hackle and finish off the thread head.  Not too inspiring, but that is the point…experimenting. Fine tuning. Trying something different. Part of the fun. Just sharing the less than perfect. All fishable, but not pretty.

CDC Emergers (SwittersB)

The hook is a size 18, down eye (I photographed a pack of straight eye, I didn’t know I even purchased); 8/0 olive thread for the abdomen and overall tie, dark green Antron for tail; BWO dubbing for thorax; CDC for wing and medium dun hackle.

Materials for CDC Emerger (SwittersB)

CDC Emerger (SwittersB)



Odd CDC Wing (SwittersB)



Fly Tying: CDC & Cool Pic

Perusing the always fascinating PlanetTrout, when I came upon a blog at Foldis Fly. Found a very interesting pic showing the use of CDC on an emerger pattern. Nice shot.

CDC Emerger Pattern at Foldis Fly

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