CDC CADDIS FLY

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This pattern is a variation of the popular Elk Hair Caddis. We omit the hackle though, and substitute the
Elk Hair with CDC. It floats extremely well, and a few false casts after it has been drowned or taken a fish,
and it floats high again. The body colour can be adapted to your local species, but on the Vaal system the adult
caddis flies display a light olive body, which is shorter than the wings, which are normally a pale brown to brown colour.
Easy to tie, but a highly effective dry fly pattern.

MATERIALS:
Hook: #12 - #16 Standard length nymph hook
Thread: 8/0 tan or brown
Body: SLF Lifecycle dubbing (Alternate: Nymph body dubbing, dry fly dubbing) in light olive
Wings: 4 CDC feathers

TYING INSTRUCTIONS:

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Step 1: Debarb the hook, and mount it in your vice.

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Step 2: Start your thread at the eye, and work it back to a point just before the bend of the hook.

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Step 3: Spin a thin noodle of dubbing onto the thread. Remember, spin only in one direction.

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Step 4. Wind the dubbing noodle forward to a point just behind the hook eye.

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Step 5: Now wind the thread back a little as shown. This is to make space to tie the fly off.
You MUST however tie the wings onto the dubbing, because if you tie it onto a bare
hook shank, it will tend to want to spin around the hook, and not sit still on top.

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Step 6: Tie in about 4 or 5 CDC feathers, right on top of the dubbing. Make a few turns of the thread to secure the wing.

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Step 7: After securing the wing into place, cut the CDC off to the right of the thread as shown, to form a head.

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Step 8: Now cut the wing in a half-moon shape, so that it is about 1.5 times the length of the hook shank.
Whip finish, and apply a drop of head cement right around the securing threads.

Here is another fly, with a ginger wing.
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