Published Sep 1. 2015 - 12 months ago
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- Start at the hook eye and run the thread about a third of the way down the shank.
- Tie in your post at this point â€“ no need to wrap up the post as you would for a normal parachute fly, although I find that a slight wrap up the post makes it easier to palmer the CDC without catching the post fibres.
- Run the thread down to the end of the shank.
- Take a CDC feather and stroke the fibres so that they are at a 90 degree angle to the stalk. Do the same with a second feather and then place them one on top of the other.
- Clamp the one side of the two feathers using a bulldog clip, leaving about 5mm between the feather stalk and the edge of the clip.
- Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut the barbs off the feather as close to the stalk as possible.
- Spin the bobbin in an anti-clockwise direction until the thread starts to flatten. You can also pinch the thread between your thumb nail and index finger and run your nail over the thread a couple of times to help flatten it.
- Split the thread in half using a dubbing needle (I use a large embroidery needle) and hold the dubbing loop open using your finger.
- Place the end of the feather barbs into the dubbing loop and then pull down gently on the bobbin to lock the feathers in place.
- Gently spin your bobbin in a clockwise direction until the CDC fibres are well trapped and splayed in all directions.
- Now palmer the CDC forward and around the parachute post to the eye of the fly and tie off.
- The finished fly should look very rough and buggy.
- For faster/rougher water, use more CDC to create a bulkier fly, which will float better.
Grip 11011BL Size 18 or Grip 14723BL Size 20 or equivalent
Gordon Griffiths Sheer Thread 14/0 â€“ black or colour to match CDC
Antron or Poly Yarn â€“ fl orange or colour of choice
CDC Feather â€“ black or colour of choice