'DW Fly Fishing & Tying':
Pursuing the UK's wild trout and grayling with the fly
Very nice flies Dave
First off, a hearty congratulations to you and your wife on the birth of your new baby.Secondly, you have been busy cranking out great flies since the last time I checked in. Beautiful range of patterns and sizes. I recently bought some CDC so I can give some a go. I tried the other night to tye one of your small CDC dry flies and will need to keep practicing. My results were not very good...
Hi Dave,new to fly tying as I am can I ask for some advice about CDC.When tying a wing for a fly this small I presume only one feather is necessary, would I be right? Can I ask that when two feathers are used should they be placed face to face or back to back [given that they are concave anyway]?regardsPeter
Hi Peter,I would suggest that on a #20 two plumes would suffice. One may not give you the long-lasting floatation you are looking for. Since you are only really using the tips (you'll have cut away the butts) two plumes still gives you a smallish wing. Experiment with different amounts. A glass of water can be useful to check how a fly sits - just take it our before refreshments ... ;)With CDC, especially the short plumes, it doesn't really matter if the are back to back or not. Ideally perhaps, but not essential.I plan to do a tutorial for this pattern. It is infact very simple. I hope that helps some. Feel free to message me if not.~D.
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