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CDC Cripple

tied by siestafred
Fly Type: Dry,
Target Species: Trout,
Recommended Region: Eastern Canada,
Imitation: Mayflies,
Material List:
Hook: Any light wire dry fly #18-12
Thread: 8/0, color to match
Tail/Shuck: Few strands of ginger Z-lon
Abdomen: One or two CDC feathers, wrapped as a rope. Some wayward barbules will result, and they may be trimmed off or left in place.
Rib: Fine gold wire, optional
Hackle: Dubbing loop of CDC barbules, made by trapping two feathers, and trimming one half away between the loop and the stems. Then wrap as normal hackle.
Tying Instructions: This pattern is based on a CDC Spider pattern published in the UK by Sandy Nelson. I claim no originality, but publish it here because it's proved to be very effective in the 'dog days' of summer for trout when they've seen it all !
Colors may be varied to match the local naturals.
Presentation Tips: I fish it as a dry, and the trout take it (I believe) as a cripple or drowned mayfly or caddis because it presents a very straggly looking profile in the surface film.

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