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cdc caddis a la Klingberg - step by step

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I once saw a brilliant dvd of a Swedish flytier named Johan Klingberg.

He was tying with cdc and i noticed that he used a special technique for the hackle in his mayflies.

The clue was to use the cdc feather and make wings and hackle out of the same feather.

I loved and still love this technique.

 

I thought why not try the same in a caddis and let the cdc fibers work as long legs on the caddis fly.

This is my version using Johan Klingbers brilliant technique in a caddis fly.

 

Hope you like it.

 

Terje!

 

 

 

Hook: tmc 102Y #13

Body: cdc dubbing brown

Vinge: two cdc feathers

Thorax: cdc dubbing

Legs/Hackle: cdc from the same fibers as the wing

 

Terje!

 

 

DUBB A BODY

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TIE IN TWO CDC FEATHERS

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PULL FORWARD UNTIL YOU GET THE WING LENGTH THAT YOU WANT

DO NOT CUT OF THE FEATHER POINTING FORWARD, YOU WILL NEED

IT......

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DUBB THE BODY TOWARDS THE HOOK EYE AND BACK TO THE WING

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FOLD THE THE FEATHER POINTING FORWARD BACKWARDS AGAIN TO

MAKE A LITTLE HEAD.

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PULL THE FEATHERS TO THE SIDE AND THEN FORWARD AGAIN

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USE YOUR TREAD AND MAKE WIND TIGHT CLOSE TO THE FEATHERS

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IT WILL THEN BE SOMETHING LIKE THIS

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IF YOU WANT, USE SOME DUBBING TO HIDE THE TREAD

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.... AND SOME IN FRONT BEFORE YOU TIE OF YOUR TREAD...

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FIND A SCISSOR AND CUT THE FIBERS LOOSE BY DRAGING THE SCISSOR

TOWARDS THE ROOT END OF THE CDC FEATHER

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THEN IT SHOULD BECOME SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

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NOW YOU CAN REMOVE THE NAKED CDC FEATHER WITH YOUR SCISSOR

LIKE THIS.

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....AND TRIM THE CDC FEATHERS AS YOU LIKE IT..

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THEN YOU HAVE A CDC CADDIS WITH HACKLE FIBERS FROM THE TWO

FEATHERS YOU USED FOR WING

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THE END!!!!

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Terje,

 

Great fly and thanks for sharing the technique. Glad to see you back from your trip. Im sure everyone would be interested in your trout diaries from the summer.

 

Despite numerous attempts the CDC still drives me crazy. Sort of a love/hate relationship. I think from seeing your cdc feathers, part of my displeasure may lie in the fact that my cdc sucks. What brand are yours and where do you get them?

 

Thanks

Bob

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Terje,

 

Great fly and thanks for sharing the technique. Glad to see you back from your trip. Im sure everyone would be interested in your trout diaries from the summer.

 

Despite numerous attempts the CDC still drives me crazy. Sort of a love/hate relationship. I think from seeing your cdc feathers, part of my displeasure may lie in the fact that my cdc sucks. What brand are yours and where do you get them?

 

Thanks

Bob

 

Thanks Bob, appreciate your kind comments :D

 

It it important to use cdc of good quality but unfortunately it is not simple to get the quality you want.

That is actually my problem too,so i often have to pic out the best ones and use those. The ones that do not have the best quality can always be used as dubbing later.

Buy a coffee blender Bob and make cdc dubbing by blending the cdc in coffee blender. A lot guys i know do that and i`m about to get my one myself. Then i can

take the cdc feathers i don`t like and make great dubbing of it. I PROMISE U THAT IT WILL WORK AND YOU WILL HAVE PLENTY OF DUBBING.

JUST REMEMBER TO USE SMALL AMOUNTS EVERY TIME SO TO AVOID THAT YOU F.... UP THE BLENDER :D

 

I buy cdc from some friends of mine of good quality and also from the company called Guide Line (rods,reels etc etc) who actually has great cdc in various types.

Unfortunately i cant find a link to guide line. I´ll see what i can find later on.

 

Terje!

 

 

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