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F Fly

tied by boynabubble
Fly Type: Dry,
Target Species: Trout,
Recommended Region: Northwest US,
Imitation: Caddis Flies,
Material List:
TMC 100 #16
Brown Ultrathread 70
3 Pheasant tail fibers
2 CDC feathers
Tying Instructions: I thought this would be a good pattern to include in the database because it is such an easy tie, but can be deadly. An experienced tyer can tie this one in a minute and even beginners won't be far behind. I like to use them for guiding because if a few are lost I can replace them without spending all night tying.

It can imitate a midge, mayfly, caddisfly and even a stonefly. In my opinion the f fly very closely matches the silhouette of a caddis and the CDC gives it a lot of movement. It works really well on slow moving spring creeks.

It can be tied in a wide range of hook sizes and a variety of colors.

Here are the instructions:

1. Secure the hook to the thread and wrap it to the bend of the hook. Select 3 pheasant tail fibers and catch them in by the tips and wind the thread back towards the hook eye, stopping at about the 75% point.

2. Add a small amount of hard as nails or zap a gap to the thread. This will help make the pheasant tail more durable.

3. Start wrapping the pheasant tail forward in close wraps, all the way to the thread and secure it with 3 turns of thread.

4. Select two CDC feathers. Stroke them forward to bunch up the fibers. Position them over the fly, the ends should extend just beyond the bend of the hook. Secure the feathers with 3 snug turns of thread.

5. Trim off the butt ends of the feathers and make a couple whip finishes, forming a nice head to cover the trimmed ends of the feathers.

6. Add a small amount of hard as nails or epoxy to the head of the fly to seal it and make it more durable. Be careful not to get any epoxy on the feathers!

Presentation Tips: It is best not to add floatant to the wing as this can cause the CDC to lose its natural oils and not float as well.

Fish on a dead drift to rising trout in pools and glides.

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