Tying Jeff’s CDC Baetis Wulff
We are in mid to late Fall 2015, right at the end of our low water dry season of summer and early fall…..and that is a common thing on virtually all our local waters. I have been steadily and busily cranking out my usual suspects for the blue winged olives we’ll encounter for both my guide trips, special orders, and customer orders. Every year I always have a few experiementals in the works, flies that I will design and then tweak into what hopefully becomes an effective and useful fly pattern that becomes a regular resident in my guide box. This is one such pattern.
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 puffy wing 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.
This pattern presents a thin, wispy tail, a dubbed body, well defined double wing of CDC, and hackle in the middle to cause the fly to ‘perch’ up on the surface film. This fly showed some early success during 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 in Appalachia. Tie up a batch and give them a try….
Hook : Daichii 1110 sizes 18-24
Thread: 8/0 Uni, Gudebrod, Veevus , olive or Gray Olive (my fave)
Tail: Microfibbetts, Light Dun
Body: Olive superfine dry fly dubbing or similar
Wing: CDC, upright, divided
Hackle/Legs: Whiting lt blue dun, size to match hook size
Thorax: Dubbing, same as body
- Lay a thin thread base as shown, a single layer of wraps and stop just above the hook barb.
2. Tie in about 4 to 5 microfibbetts as shown and let them extend the shank length of the hook beyond the tie in point.
3. Advance the thread forward to the 3/4 mark, select 2 to 3 CDC puffs, or 4 to 5 CDC feather tips, lay them together so that the tips are aligned, and tie them in tip first with the ends extending out over the hook eye. The length extending from the tie in point should equal the tail. In other words, a finished tail and a finished wing are the same length.
4. Trim CDC Butts as shown as closely as possible.
5. Using several thread wraps pull the wing upright and make several tight turns right at the base or front edge of wing to force the wing to remain in an upright position.
6. Using figure 8 wraps, divide the wings as shown into two equal parts. If using puffs, to ‘calm’ the material down or condense it a bit, you can make wraps around each wing base individually and ‘post’ the wings like in a parachute pattern.
7. Pull the wings into an upright position.
8. You may have to ‘tweak’ the position of the wings a bit but below is what they should look like.
9. View of the wings from the rear.
10. Advance the thread to the rear, add a very small amount of dubbing to about an inch of thread and dub the rear 2/3 of the body as shown, staying behind the wings.
11. Remain behind the wings and leave thread there.
12. Select a couple of light blue dun hackles, I like neck hackles like are found on this Whiting Farms cape….necks have more small hackle in total than saddle patches in most cases.
13. For tailwater patterns, use one hackle. For greater floatability use two hackles as shown below….this version works well for small stream waters……Tie in behind wing.
14. Advance thread to within a few turns of the hook eye. Position thread here for hackle tie off. Wrap hackle forward, stopping well back of the eye. Tie off , trim. If using just one hackle you are done….if using second hackle, now wrap that one forward weaving it carefully between the wraps of the first one, then tie off and trim.
15. Tie off carefully, taking care not to crowd the eye. Trim hackle tip(s).
16. The finished fly.
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