Biot CDC Parachute

Turkey biots are very good for tying dry fly bodies. They swim really well.

I don’t discribe every tying step here, because they are the same (except the biot abdomen) as you have seen at the quill body CDC parachute tutorial.

Materials:

  • Hook: TMC 100 # 16
  • Tail: Micro Fibetts
  • Abdomen: Turkey Biot
  • Wing: CDC
  • Hackle: Whiting Genetic Dry Fly
  • Thorax: SLF Masterclass

 

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Holger Lachmann

Wiggle Fox step by step

Material:

  • Hooks: Gamakatsu F 314 # 6
  • Tail: Fox Tail Hair
  • Body: SLF Saltwater Dubbing, SLF Prism Dubbing and a Hackle
  • Ribbing: Mono
  • Weight: Tungsten Bead or Lead Wire
  • Optional: 3 D Eyes secured with UV-Resin

 

Put a hook in the vise and tie in some fox tail hair. Put a strand of krinkle mirror flash on each side and tie it in.

 

Mix the dubbing. I used SLF Saltwater Dub in pearl and ginger and a little bit of SLF Prism dub.

 

Tie in the mono for ribbing, split the thread, put the dubbing in the gap and spin the bobbin to twist the dubbing and the thread.

 

Wind around the dubbing, tie in a hackle next to the hook eye and wind it backwards, then wind the ribbing to the front to secure the hackle. Catch the ribbing and do a whip finish. Use a velcro brush to comb the fly.

 

Cut the hook bend.

 

Put another hook in the vise and wind some lead wire on the front of the hook.

 

Tie in a piece of mono for the connection between the two pieces.

 

Connect the two pieces like above. Use super glue to fix everything.

 

Tie in another piece of mono for ribbing, then split the thread and put the dubbing in the gap. Spin the bobbin to twist the dubbing and wind it around to the front.

 

Wind around a hackle and rib it with mono like you’ve done with the first section.

 

You can finish the fly or dub a little head, put some 3 D eyes on each side and secure them with uv-resin.

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Wiggle Fox

The principle of articulated flies is very old. I don’t really know the reason, but it’s not really common to fish articulated flies for seatrout in the Baltic Sea. I always like the movement of fox tail hair in the water, but there was always a big problem. The tail was raveling behind the hook bend when casting in many times. It was annoying to strip in the line, to see on the last meters, that the flies doesn’t swim correctly.

One and a half year ago I had the the idea to tie articulated flies with long hair from a fox tail. After some tests, I realized, that the flies swim perfectly in the water, without raveling during the long casts you do.

The movement of the long tail together with the joint gives the fly a maximum of flexibility. Especially, when you put some weight into the fly at the front.

I would recommend to retrieve the fly quiet fast with some stops .

Wiggle Fox for Seatrout fishing in Argentina

Wiggle Fox for Seatrout fishing in Argentina

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Holger Lachmann

Fast CDC Dun

A fast to tie mayfly dun pattern made out of CDC. It floats very well and is durable. I like to fish it in semi-fast running water. Micro fibetts, 2-4 CDC feathers (colour of your choice)  and a bit yarn, that’s all you need. I don’t know who invented this pattern, but I think it was Marc Petitjean.

Materials:

  • Hook: Maruto D04 BL # 12
  • Tail: Micro Fibetts
  • Abdomen: CDC Feather
  • Thorax and Wing: CDC Feather, Yarn

 

Tie in a loop of thread and 3 micro fibetts. Split the fibetts with the 2 piece of thread after cutting the loop.

 

Tie in a CDC feather with the tip first. Twist the feather and wind it around the shank. Then cut all little fibres, so that you’ve got a nice tapered CDC body.

 

Tie in a piece of yarn.

 

Preparing the CDC

 

Split the thread and put the prepared CDC in the gap. Then spin the bobbin to twist the CDC and the thread.

 

Wind the twisted CDC around the hook and pull it up with your fingers after every turn.

 

Seperate the the CDC with the yarn, to create the two main wings of the mayfly. Catch the yarn with the thread.

 

I like to fold the yarn back again, tie it in and cut it, so I make sure I’ve got a nice free hook eye.

 

A whip finish to secure the fly. Take your scissors…

 

…and cut the fly in shape. That’s it! If you tied some of them, you need less then 4-5 minutes to tie it.

 

Fish view

 

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Quill Body Parachute with CDC Wing

A superb all around mayfly pattern, which lies nicely flat and realistic on the water. Tie it in different sizes and colours to match the hatch. Personally I like to use CDC for the wing instead of polypropylen on the smaller sizes. It just looks more naturally.

Materials:

  • Hook: TMC 100 # 16
  • Tail: Micro Fibetts
  • Abdomen: Stripped Peacock Quill, UV-Resin
  • Wing: CDC
  • Hackle: Genetic Dry Fly Hackle
  • Thorax: SLF Masterclass Dubbing

 

Tie in a loop of tying thread and the end of the fly.

 

Tie in 3 micro fibetts, cut the thread loop and seperate the fibetts with the 2 pieces of thread.

 

Tie in a stripped peacock quill.

 

Tie in the tips of some CDC feathers as a wing.

 

Wind the peacock quill around the hook shank and catch it with the thread next to the wing.

 

Put a drop of tack free uv-resin on the quill body to secure it. Make sure, that there’s just a thin coat on the body.

 

Tie in the hackle as shown.

 

Dub the thorax.

 

Wind the hackle around the wing post and catch it with the thread underneath the hackle.

 

Cut of the hackle and do a whip finish underneath the hackle. A little drop of really thin varnish secures the whip finish. Ready to go!

 

View from below aka “the fish view”.

 

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Holger Lachmann