The CDC dry fly matches the midge hatch. It
is easy and quick to tie, and makes for a perfect midge imitation. Being a midge imitation, we will be tying
this on a very small hook. Today I am using a Daiichi 1110 dry fly hook
in size 26 Start your 8/0 sized black thread at the eye
of the fly, and trim off the excess. You will want to twist your thread counter
clockwise in order to make the thread flat This will allow you to create a smooth taper
to the fly Taper the fly all the way back to the bend
of the hook, and watch the hook point, or you will get it snagged like I did Now take a small CDC feather and tie it in
at the tip of the feather to about one third back from the eye of the hook. Cut off the excess feather square right at
the back of the hook Now pull a hackle feather from the very top
of a dry fly cape. We are looking for a very short fiber hackle
like this one. Now tie this hackle back to about where the
CDC feather starts. Be careful not to tie too far back like I
did or your CDC feather will be too short. Take some hackle pliers and grasp the end
of the hackle with it and begin to palmer this hackle up the hook
shank to the eye. 2-4 rotations should be sufficient.
Then snip off the tag end. Now whip finish your fly carefully with 2-3
turns. Then snip off the hackle fibers on the underside
of the fly, and trim any feathers sticking out the front or over the eye. And there you have it, a finished CDC Dry
Midge. This is a very easy and quick fly to tie.
However with it being so small, its easy to make mistakes, so be careful. Hey, thanks for watching! If you like this sorta thing, please subscribe!
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