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    Using cdc for soft hackle

    Has anyone substituted cdc instead of partridge? And if so how did they work out?

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    Re: Using cdc for soft hackle

    Hi WBDluver , CDC will work if you use it very sparingly . Using to much of it on a fly will cause it to mat together and it will become one mass and not have much movement at all. If you use froggs fanny it will form bubbles on the CDC which seems to attract fish when it is pulled under. It definitely does the job for emergers and dry flies but for soft hackles I would stick with partridge , starling and the like..


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    Re: Using cdc for soft hackle

    Thanks, i tied up a sulpher emerger and used cdc for only one. (thats the one i will give to Mac or GB)

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    Re: Using cdc for soft hackle

    On emergers it works great so I would keep that one for myself . Although I saw you catch fish on a bare hook so it won't make much of a difference if you give it to one them... Here is a picture of a few cdc emergers that work well pretty much anywhere ...






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    Re: Using cdc for soft hackle

    I like to tie a collar of cdc just like you would tie a hen hackle for a soft hackle - it is a really mobile soft hackle. However, I usually do it with a heavier fly - like a bead head nymph or soft hackle. One of my favorite caddis pupa flies was a body of glass beads, a dubbing thorax, and a turn of cdc like hackle. It worked pretty well for me. CDC is great for small flies since you can just break the fibers off to adjust length and it will look OK.


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    I like to put a turn of CDC behind a collar of partridge. It has great action in the water. Also it will add to the float-ability of the soft hackle to allow it be fishes in the film a tad higher then one without. And if you don't fish soft hackle flies in the film, I suggest you give a try.


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    Re: Using cdc for soft hackle

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    Re: Using cdc for soft hackle

    I hope you dont run out of flies. On the river purchased flies go for $5.00 each

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    Quote Originally Posted by WBDluver View Post
    I hope you dont run out of flies. On the river purchased flies go for $5.00 each
    Oh is that all?


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    Re: Using cdc for soft hackle

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