Instructor: Nigel Wilkinson
Nigel’s CDC Emerger is designed to sit just within the surface film. Try this fly when you can see trout feeding just under the surface or in the foam line. It can be fished in lakes or streams, upstream or across and down.
- Hook: 12 – 16 Thread: Black 8/0
- Tail: golden pheasant tips or brown hen hackle.
- Body: hare or rabbit dubbing tied (to make a slim body)
- Rib: fine gold or copper wire
- Wing 2-3 matching cdc feathers, any colour (may use more feathers here)
Method: Tie thread to curve of hook and tie on tail, (about ¾ length of shaft) Tie in fine wire for rib. Dub hare or rabbit fur on thread and wind to eye, then tie off. Now spiral the wire to the front and tie off, then trim. Take 2-3 matching cdc feathers and lay them on top of each other. Lay the feathers on the back of the fly so they are just a little shorter than the tail. Tie them on carefully and whip finish. This fly should have a slim body. It is similar to a hare and copper, with cdc feathers added. You may use a caddis hook but tied without a tail. Other options are to use different colours, or make a slim body with white thread, or use UV dubbing.