Tape Wing Caddis
This fly takes a bit of extra time to construct, but it is worth it. The combination of the tape wing and CDC legs make this an irresistible caddis imitation. Tie this fly in sizes 12-18. The color scheme is easily adapted to match the caddis on your stream.
Materials Link: Tape Winged Caddis
CDC Midge Emerger
The CDC Midge Emerger is a dynamite small pattern originated by Shane Stalcup. Tied by Hans Stephenson of Dakota Angler & Outfitter in Rapid City, South Dakota. The CDC soft hackle give the fly movement and traps air bubbles that mimic an emerging midge pupa. Fish this pattern deep behind a copper john. It can also be fished below the surface behind a dry fly such as a parachute adams.
Materials Link: CDC Midge Emerger
CDC Mayfly Dun
The CDC Mayfly Dun is an awesome all purpose mayfly dun imitation. This pattern is an easy and quick fly to tie but very effective. I use the CDC Mayfly Dun to imitate baetis, PMDs, and PEDs. It can be adapted to suit any small to medium sized mayfly. Dry with amadou and finish drying with frog’s fanny, top ride, or another desiccant.
Materials Link: CDC Mayfly Dun
Fly Tying Videos- Tying the F-Fly
How to tie a F-fly. A great, simple to tie dry fly. Don’t be fooled by this fly- it might look too simple to be effective, but it catches loads of fish. Great tied in Olive, Black, and Red. Tie this in sizes 16-22.
Materials Link: F-Fly
CDC Splitwinged Sparkle Dun
Blue Winged Olives (aka Baetis) create superb early and late season hatches. This simple but effective take on the sparkle dun pattern features a split CDC wing. Fish this fly as fish begin to feed on the surface. Its fine if the fly hangs a bit in the film. This fly can even be tied on a curved shank emerger hook to fish as an emerger.