CDC EMERGING MIDGE
The CDC Emerging Midge is a Rene' Harrop pattern, which is generic enough to imitate a wide range of emerging insects. The CDC used as the legs gives the fly life, flotation and visibility. Tie a few of these for stillwater situations. It should be fished without movement; however, a twitch or two sometimes triggers a strike.
1. Cover shank with thread layer, and
mount tail at a point just above the back of the barb, or
where the back of the barb would be. The tail should be no longer
than the shank.
2. At the same point, tie in a
narrow strip of foam, to be used as the shellback. The foam should
now be sticking out behind the hook, over the top of the tail.
3. Dub a nice, tapered,
sparse body up to a point 1/3 shank length behind the eye.
4. At this same point, tie in a
CDC feather, with the butt of the stem to the rear, so that the top
of the feather extends just beyond the eye. Tie down the butt
securely, and trim it off. Now separate the fibers of the CDC
feather evenly, pulling the clumps to opposite sides of the hook, so
that they stick out perpendicular to the shank.
5. At the same 1/3 point behind
the eye, figure-eight around the two groups of CDC fibers, locking
them in place.
6. Dub over the tied-down
butt of the CDC feather, and through the figure-eight area, and in
front of that area, to a point just behind the eye. Keep the dubbing
7. Grab the foam piece and pull it over the top, forming a
shellback. Don't pull it too tight, as this inhibits the flotation
qualities of the foam. Tie it down securely just behind the eye.
8. Trim it, leaving a small upright "butt" of the foam for a head.
9. Whip finish just ahead of the head, and trim thread.
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