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Mike Barrio

CDC Spiders by "Spiderman"
« on: January 03, 2011, 19:32:13 PM »
I'll kick this month off with a simplified version of my CDC spiders.
I've been playing to try and eliminate the dubbing loop, yet retain the strength.
With a strong view to the past and Mr Stewart, it was pretty obvious.

Here goes, Waterhen Bloa, CDC style

Hook: Partridge SLD 14
Thread: Pearsalls no.5
Hackle: 2 Blue Dun CDC feathers
Dubbing: Muskrat.

Step 1:  place hook in vice

Step 2: Wind on a few turns of thread a bit back from the eye.

Step 3: Tie in 2 CDC feathers by the tips, try to select ones with fibres just slightly longer than the length of the hook.

Step 4: Wind thread down to level with point of hook and wax the thread.

Step 5: Lightly dub with muskrat, a gentle dusting is good.

Step 6: wind dubbing up to where hackle points are tied in, and attach hackle pliers to hackles.

Step 7: Wind hackles for 3 turns, stroking the hackles backwards each turn

Step 8: Wind the thread through the hackle taking care not to trap any fibres. 4 or 5 turns is good.

Step 9: stroke the hackles backwards and whip finish, carefully apply head finish and leave to dry.

Step 10: The finished fly with the fibres stroked forwards again after the head finish dries.

The same technique can be applied to all traditional and non-traditional spiders. For a simple fly try a Snipe and purple.

This one uses Pearsalls no.11 and natural grey CDC feathers.

Step 1: Hook in vice and start thread, leaving the gap sets the distance for the hackle to cover nicely.

Step 2: Tie in the hackles by the tips and wind thread down to point and back again.

Step 3: 3 turns of hackle, stroking each turn backwards.

Step 4: Wind the thread through the hackle, careful not to trap any fibres.

Step 5: Tie off as before and finish.

Another really good traditional that would lend itself to this would be the Partridge and orange, it would make into a fantastic spent spinner, well worth playing with combinations of thread and hackle colours to get good matches for a hatch.


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Mike Barrio

Re: CDC Spiders by "Spiderman"
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2015, 18:49:49 PM »
Have you still got the photos to fill in the gaps for this one Sandy?

Very keen to play with these a bit more next year :wink

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Sandy Nelson

Re: CDC Spiders by "Spiderman"
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2015, 20:03:08 PM »
I should have them somewhere.

Will look them out, if i can find them :z16

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Allan Liddle

Re: CDC Spiders by "Spiderman"
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2015, 13:32:53 PM »
Crackin flee thanks guys, to be honest i'd not thought about tying the cdc in first, will look to do that next time i'm on the vice.  :z16


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