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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-19-2010, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Tan CDC Caddis, First Attempt At Dries!

Finally got a hair stacker! Now its time to practice. It looks a little full to me. I believe I have too much CDC underneath the deer hair I used. I did lay a foundation of tan thread, with a little dubbing on top of that. Added the CDC then the deer hair. Elk hair seemed a Little too coarse. Besides the guy at the fly shop says the deer hair is better. Will see. This is a size 18. What do you think?




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Re: Tan CDC Caddis, First Attempt At Dries!

Thanks!

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Re: Tan CDC Caddis, First Attempt At Dries!

They look good!
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Re: Tan CDC Caddis, First Attempt At Dries!

I think they look good. Its not too much depending on the water you are fishing. If your concerned put some in your box like that and some with less. That fly there would kill on the Magaloway in Maine. On the Tully I tie them with just the cdc, no deer hair and smaller with shorter wings and a brown head But that fly is awesome I think I will have to tie some like that.
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Re: Tan CDC Caddis, First Attempt At Dries!

that's a fly that will catch fish. the best thing about tying your own is you can make any variation you want to cater to the stream you're fishing.

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Re: Tan CDC Caddis, First Attempt At Dries!

I appreciate the comments. I really wanted to get some in depth details on what might be wrong with this fly. Is the hair too long? Does the fly look too full?

Otherwords, what could I do to make it better? Do I think it might catch fish, maybe. I never tied a dry fly in my life. I need to hear from some of you seasoned pros about what I can do to make it better.

Being self taught, I am really hard on myself to strive for perfection. Even though, I know that they do not need to be perfect. I couldn't tell you how many flies went into the garbage can! LOL!

Since this is the only forum that I am involved with fly fishing. I trust the people in here.

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Re: Tan CDC Caddis, First Attempt At Dries!

As others said, fuller thicker tied flies for fast water, sparser thinner flys for selective/pressured fish.
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Re: Tan CDC Caddis, First Attempt At Dries!

I use a tan CDC caddis on the Tully and only use a sparse CDC feather. Honestly I think that fly would work great on most streams in PA but as others mentioned pressured streams may not work so well because of the bulk. Try one without the deer hair.

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Re: Tan CDC Caddis, First Attempt At Dries!

No hair, just a plain CDC feather for a caddis in pressured streams? How is the head formed?

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Re: Tan CDC Caddis, First Attempt At Dries!

I use a little TCO grey/brown dubbing to build the head on a CDC tan caddis. I also use a curved hook for my CDC Caddis because I want that caddis low in the water.

Find yourself the Marryat CDC Feather Tool. I think Feathercraft has them. That is the best tool I have found to build the wing on the CDC Caddis. Its so simple to use you'll wonder why didn't I think of that.

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