Published Jul 14. 2018 - 9 months ago
Updated or edited Jul 16. 2018

CDC Hatchmaster

So the original hatchmaster I believe was tied with a mallard flank feather. However that is just too large, and would create a fly in the 10-14 size range. Great for larger mayflies, however when tying smaller patterns like this BWO, the CDC feather works great! Also the added benefit of CDC floating without floatant really makes me love this pattern! I can tie it on and start fishing right away! As with any fly that uses CDC to float, you should not add any floatant as you do not need it because CDC uses natural oils in the feather to float.

This fly really does float well, and floats very flat. Every time I put it in the water it sits perfectly. After a few casts I do have to make a few false casts to expel some water, but it will go right back to floating perfectly each time. The tail also looks amazing! And the fly really has that "match the hatch" type of look to it. You can tie this in numerous color combos to mimic other types of bugs. PMD, BWO, and even trico. You can tie these in range from 16 to about 22, however when tying for a larger pattern, like a drake, I would advise using another feather like the original mallard. Overall this is a beautiful and just absolutely cool looking pattern. One that is actually very effective and also really surprisingly easy to tie. If you have mastered parachute posts, and tying with CDC, this fly is very easy. Its also relatively easy to tie.

Hook: Size 18 Daiichi 1110
Thread: Olive Veevus 10/0
Tail/Dubbing: BWO CDC feather
Hot Spot: White CDC Puff
Wing: Dark Dun CDC feather
Head Cement: Original Hard as Hull

Song: creativeminds


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