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Question on CDC

2006/12/25 16:52
Posts: 58
Just tied my first CDC pattern last night, it was a CDC and elk. My question for CDC is should I be trimming some of the longer fibers that stick out When the fly is finished. I see Internet pictures and people leave them on. I think it makes it look buggier... But it's been proven time and time again that I certainly do not think like a fish yet! What is the preference generally on CDC patterns?

Posted on: 2012/4/22 8:45

Re: Question on CDC
2006/9/9 9:29
From Monessen, PA
Posts: 2201
Randomness is good. CDC feathers have a couple or three different shapes. Long stem with perpendicular "hackles" as well as "puffs" as I recall. In either case (they both tie effective patterns) I don't worry about stray fibers. If every floating mayfly looked like the perfect Orvis pattern example, we would have to revise our whole theories on variation of individuals and appearances.

Posted on: 2012/4/22 9:15
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Re: Question on CDC

2010/6/26 11:19
From Along the Lehigh Above the Gap
Posts: 131
I leave them long. Gives the fly some movement.

Posted on: 2012/4/22 11:56
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Re: Question on CDC

2010/11/24 13:19
From Perkasie PA
Posts: 6
Rule of thumb is always leave stuff longer. You can trim it down on stream if needed, but you cant make it grow.

Posted on: 2012/4/24 9:30

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