Tuesday Tutorial: King’s CDC Soft Hackle

CDC is best known for it’s dry fly applications, where it works great at keeping tiny flies afloat. But CDC collars add a whole lotta movement to nymphs, and King’s CDC Soft Hackle is just the kind of pattern that uses it wisely. Sparse dollar, simple ribbing, and you’ll find fish in lots of waters. This is a great winter fly pattern, fished down deep with a wooly bugger or a san juan worm, or just under the surface like a midge. It’s a great fly to tie up for winter and fish a variety of ways. Get some small hooks out and put a few in your box and you’ll find fish when your fingers are freezing. Tie the collar sparse, or tie it in thick and let the fish chew it off. It will work either way.

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