I’ve watched Marc tie on a couple of occasions and have always been impressed with the speed and purposefulness of each wrap. This video shows a couple of great little tricks that he uses including the split thread dubbing, wrapped CDC body and the use of the Magic Tool.
Ya, it’s a staple in my boxes. Hans Weilenmann invented the pattern, so it was great to see him twist one up. I tie this up on light scud hooks now and in a couple different colours. Years past it has been my number one producing fly, but it’s been letting me down a bit this year. Too much rain is leaving me with cloudy and high waters…. The nymphs have been shining as of late.
Did I mention I love CDC? Here is another CDC pattern, this one a blue winged olive or Baetis emerger tied up by John Collins for riseformstudio.tv. The pattern is intended to be fished deeper in the water because the BWO’s hatch on the substrate of the waters and emerge to the surface as adults. You can also fish the fly in the film if you wish, and if that is your intention, I would recommend to skip the wire rib to keep the pattern lighter.
Hook: Dai Riki 270 #18 – #20
Thread: Dark Brown
Rib: Brown Ultrawire Small
Tail: Mallard Flank Dyed Olive
Dubbing: Olive Rabbit
Wing: Dark Dun CDC Puff