Several things come to mind when I think of complaints about certain flies or certain aspects of flies….one is the inability to see a small pattern on the water. The CDC on this pattern, when dusted with dessicant like our favorite Frog’s Fanny, or Doc’s Dust (a Hareline product), or Frox (a Stone Creek product)…..a very, very small fly down to 22/24 becomes quite visible, and 20’s, the most common all around size, are as easy to see as a 16 or 18.
CDC BWO SKINNY
This fly showed some early success several seasons ago during a low water wade fishing trips with one of my clients that I consider to be an expert…Joe Craig….both as an angler and fly tyer. We were fishing a shallow, slow, flat tailout…the water that you go to if you want to seriously test a fly….particularly a dry fly. Slow sippers….. the fly worked magic on some ultra selective low water rising browns. It was a minimalist fly, and one that I tweaked after a version of Joe’s fly worked well. Its the minimal of the minimal….a quick tie….and its murderously effective.
One of our most effective dry flies and second most popular dry next to the sulphur version of this fly…..which I tied, used, guided with , and sold probably close to a hundred dozen of.
You can tie a Skinny like the one below, add a tail and have a decent dun pattern, change the body color and have a decent spinner pattern, or add a shuck to make an emerger out of it. Lastly, another plus is that once the fly won’t float anymore
This fly has become a “go to” pattern both during low water and high water fishing on the tailwater hatches, but it also will work well on our smaller waters where a generic ‘dark’ and small mayfly pattern is useful…..which is everywhere in the Fall, Winter, and Spring in Appalachia. Actually, its a year round fly in my box as we use blue winged olives in every season. Tie up a batch and give them a try….
Hook : Daichii 1110 sizes 16-24, Firehole 419 Size 16-22 (my current fave for sulphurs and olives….a similar hook is the Orvis tactical dry fly hook
Thread: 14/0 Veevus , olive or Gray Olive (olive shades are my fave)
Tail: (OPTIONAL) Microfibbetts, Light Dun for a dun or spinner version…. Shuck for an emerger version
Body: Turkey biot, olive, wrapped in tight turns
Thorax: Olive Superfine Dubbing (I used this on 16’s but often omit it entirely on 18-24’s…..and they work fine)
Wing/Hackle: Natural dun CDC, tied in by its butt and wrapped no more than 3 turns, often 2 is best…..SPARSE
A GREAT SOURCE FOR CDC CAN BE FOUND HERE ….>>>>> SWISS CDC click here
ANOTHER BWO THAT MIGHT BE WORTH A LOOK FOR YOUR BOX….
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