CDC Dry Fly Midge – Tied on size 26 hook!


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!
Leave your questions in the comment section below. Now go catch some fish!

8 thoughts on “CDC Dry Fly Midge – Tied on size 26 hook!

  • Great vid man! Keep up the great work. I have a request 😉 do a black drum fly that is all black, good luck!!!

  • I have tied some on 32 size hooks. I don't think it will catch much more than a gold fish though. I know some people really fish these things. I did it to keep my fine motor skills up. I don't know that I would ever use them unless I could get a quick release midge tool so I could let the fish go. I can't believe they would hold up to a large trout, and the tippet has to be so small to go through the eye of the hook anyway. All the best to you and keep up the video's I love to watch them. Sean

  • just curious I got a couple free flies when I ordered an assortment, I've gotten two egg patterns and 4 dry flies on very small hooks, someone tell me what they would be good for?

  • The cdc is tied in backwards and for whatever reason you didn't strip the hackle quill before tying the feather onto the hook. As well, 8/0 thread is way too large for tying on hooks smaller than 18. For a hook this size it is beneficial to use 12/0 or 14/0 veevus. I find that making a body out of dubbed, stripped cdc in black also helps the fly float better in the film.

  • McFly, I've been noticing this terminology used erroneously lately. Maybe it's how you and others have been taught, but you are not palmering the hackle. You are simply wrapping a hackle collar. A palmered hackle is when you wrap the hackle up through the body a la a wooly bugger. Another good midge pattern (and there are probably a lot) is A.K. Best's adult midge. Tight lines.

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