CDC Emergers

By Mike Hogue

CDC emergers are perhaps one of the most versatile flies a fly-fisher can use. CDC flies can be fished as emerging caddis, midges, may flies or ants. For tiers that struggle with small flies or finding enough small hackle CDC is a real benefit because the material can be cut to size. Another big benefit is that the material is very inexpensive.....a package of 50-75 feathers runs about $2.00. Try finding a neck with 4 dozen size 20-22 hackles and you can see why this material has become so popular.

Working with CDC is fairly easy. To wing a fly, the tier may either strip fibers from the feather by stroking the fibers so that they extend at right angles and then stripping them off or the tier may align the tips of two feathers and tie them in as a wing.

While the use of CDC material is quite new in the US, CDC has been used in Europe for quite some time. Early Swiss flies were called Moustiques and were very crude flies tied with silk, a split tail and a big glob of CDC for the wing. The French also used CDC in many early patterns.


Patterns:
Harrop's Baetis Emerger


Rene Harrop perhaps can be credited with increasing the popularity of this material by the creation of several unique patterns which are very effective in taking selective trout and trout in clear water. Let's begin with one of my favorite Harrop patterns:


Harrop's Baetis Emerger
Hook: Mustad 94840 size 18-20
Thread: 8/0 or 12/0 black
Tail: 3 Wood duck fibers
Body: Olive Rabbit or poly
Rib: Gold fine wire
Wing: Sparse Wood duck over Dun CDC
Head: Black Beaver or Poly


Loop Wing Emerger

Shane Stalcup is a very innovative tier from Colorado. Shane credits tiers such as John Betts, AK Best, Tim England and Mike Tucker as some of his influences. This pattern is unique in that the wing is formed by tying a loose loop of CDC over the throax after tying the body, which is then tied off at the head.

 

Loop Wing Emerger
Hook: TMC 2487 size 14 to 22
Thread: 8/0
Tail and Beard: Sparse bunch of partridge
Body: Goose Biot
Wing: Dun CDC
Thorax: Super Fine Dubbing


CDC Trico

These are a couple of really simple flies I use. Basically you just use a little thread, dubbing and a wing.


CDC Trico-Emerger
Hook: TMC 2487 size 20
Thread: 8/0 Black
Body: Thread
Wing: White CDC cut short
Head: Black Beaver, mole or super fine dubbing


CDC Ant

To make an ant use a regular hook, make a small hump of dubbing, tie in a wing, cut it short and dub another small ball of dubbing.


CDC Ant
Hook: Mustad 94840 size 18-20
Thread: 8/0 Black
Body: Black or brown Beaver or super fine dubbing
Wing: White CDC cut short


RS2 Emerger

This fly is actually a dun mayfly but it can be fished as an emerger. The fly can be tied in almost any smaller size and color. Olives, yellow and gray are good bets for this one. To make the wing, begin by tying in as a trude (or down wing) and make several wraps around the feathers to upright. (Hint: think of forming a parachute wing).


RS2 Emerger
Hook: 94840 size 14-22
Thread: 8/0 to match body
Tail: Split Microfibbets
Body: Beaver or Muskrat
Wing: Dun CDC




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