Published Dec 28. 2018 - 4 months ago
Updated or edited Dec 28. 2018

CDC Loop Wing Foam Emerger

A simple and very hard-to-sink emerger from Russian Dmitri Tseliaritski

The finished CDC Loop Wing Foam Emerger
The finished CDC Loop Wing Foam Emerger
Dmitri Tseliaritski

The loop wing is a well known technique for many dry flies. The CDC loop wing is also well known, often used for emergers and giving them great buoyancy. As Dmitri writes: "This is, in principle, a well known fly... a CDC loop wing emerger."
And yes, that's true.
Look at flies from the hands of Shane Stalcup, Rene Harrop, André Puyans and many more, and you will find flies using this technique.
Foam as a floating element for emergers is also well known, making a fly sit nicely in the surface thanks to the air filled foam. Various foam caddises, like the Balloon Caddis originated by Roman Moser, utilize foam.

Combos aren't quite as common, but Russian fly tyer Dmitri Tseliaritski has combined the two into an ultra buoyant little mayfly emerger. Well, actually it can be an "anything emerger", but tied with a tail and a dark rib as shown, it's a pretty good mayfly imitation.

You can vary the color as you seem fit. The version here is a yellowish olive, not unlike many green drake nymphs and emergers, but choosing a cream color for body and wing, and a tan for the foam will make a very good generic danica-like mayfly.

Well, common and well known or not, it's an easy way to make a great mayfly emerger.

Waiting for the hatch
Henning Eskol


Close-up
Close-up
Dmitri Tseliaritski
CDC Loop Wing Foam Emerger
Pattern type: 
Emerger
Originator: 
Dmitri Tseliaritski

A simple and high floating generic emerger pattern

Materials: 
Hook
TMC 206BL #12
Tail
Bronze mallard
Body
Light olive super fine dubbing
Rib
Stripped peacock herl
Thorax
Synthetic dubbing.Tan, brown and orange
Legs
A few deer hair
Wing
CDC feather, light olive
Foam
Light orange, 2 mm
Difficulty: 
Easy


Tying instructions

Click the images for a larger version and step-by-step instructions.

Step 1 - hook and thread


Step 2 - thread and tail


Step 3 - rib


Step 4 - body


Step 5 - ribbing


Step 6 - dubbing


Step 7 - CDC feather


Step 8 - position CDC


Step 9 - foam


Step 10 - thorax


Step 11 - deer hair legs


Step 12 - trim and dub


Step 13 - bend foam


Step 14 - bend CDC feather


Mayfly weather
Mayfly weather
Martin Joergensen

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