Davie is certainly doing great work. The videos speak for themselves. The quill body is amazing here on this emerger pattern.
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
I have to tell you that sometimes it bothers me that the simplest flies seem to catch the most fish. I’ve spent countless hours at the vise perfecting technique, improving speed, scrutinizing proportion and using a fly that takes less than a minute to tie sort of undermines all this. No, I’m not saying it’s always the case, but there are situations where this fly in particular has produced fish from fish-less waters.
The fly is quite versatile in that I can fish it dry or wet. I will start off fishing it dry, but after a couple fish, the fly loses most of the high floating properties and becomes an even more effective damp or wet emerger. I tie mine with a wing of bleached hair so that t is easy to see on the dark waters I fish. One other small modification I made was to tie the fly on a light wire scud hook. This turns the patterns into more of an emerger style fly, and Ive found my hook-up rate to improve from the change. I fish this fly in a number of ways. I cast upstream and let it dead drift through pools and use a slow retrieve back, I can cast across the current and skitter the fly back or a combination or these things.
If you have not fished this fly on trouty waters, you are missing out. Do your self a favour and tie one on. Full instructions are found at Hans’ site – http://www.danica.com/Flytier/steps/cdcelk/cdcelk.htm.
Hook: Standard Dry or Light wire curved scud hook
Thread: 8/0 to match CDC
Body / Legs: Type 1 CDC feather
Wing: Elk or Deer hair