Published Dec 28. 2018 - 2 years 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


Tying instructions

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

Mayfly weather
Mayfly weather
Martin Joergensen

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