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James Laraway

CDC emergers....
« on: August 03, 2018, 14:01:11 PM »
So, ive never tied them before but thought it was about time.

I've had some CDC feathers kicking about for ages so though i would give them a go, and dispite being on small ( for me) size 16s i like the the look of them ( Ian Cameron - i copied the ones you gave me but blinged them up a tad  :X2 )

anyway, you obviously use the tips of the CDC feather for tying the patter, but i think the feathers i had where med or large in size - so now i have a lot of 'waste'

any idea what to tie with the remainder ?

Iain Cameron

Re: CDC emergers....
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2018, 16:59:47 PM »
hi james,

nice flees! Yes, there's a lot of waste if you just use the tips of big feathers.

I have used the longer barbs (nearer to the base of the feather) as tails - they are very floppy/mobile, and fragile though. I use them on spinner patterns where being deid is a good thing.

Generally, I tend to just bin the discarded bits, i'm afraid.

You could probably make some dubbing out of the CDC, or use them to wrap a CDC'n'elk type body. should work well enough.

Rob Brownfield

Re: CDC emergers....
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2018, 08:30:35 AM »
As mentioned, dubbing, or you can use them to make scraggy bugs for grayling (and trout) by placing them in a dubbing loop.

Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....


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