Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jig Hook Nymphs with CDC

Over the last number of seasons the use of CDC in nymph dressings has increased dramatically, this development has given an extra but simple benefit to already productive nymph patterns.  I have been using CDC for many years on my dries and I know it is a great material for catching fish through this method. It was a couple of seasons ago when I was fishing some rivers in Norway that I was given a small gold wire nymph and told that this was working really well at the time for trout, the dressing was very simple a gold bead with gold wire wound up the body in touching turns and it had a CDC hackle just behind the bead head; the hackle folded beautifully down over the body when the fly was in the water and gave it a real natural and fishy look.
Sense then I have been adding this feather to some of my nymphs in different forms, on my micro nymphs ill pluck some fibers from the feather and dubb them onto the thread then wind them on just behind the bead and brush out the fibers, on the larger nymphs ill wind on or spin on the CDC hackle which allows the long hackles to create the look I want with the nymph. After been asked recently how to achieve this look I will show you and it is really straight forward.

Firstly once you have reached the stage of the body is complete with ribbing and what ever else you chose, then get a CDC feather that has a reasonable consistency to is hackle lengths like on the picture, then by brushing back the fibers near the tip tie in the stalk and simply wind on the hackle and brush it back as you wind on with your finger tips, once it is wound on as many turns as you require then wind the thread through the hackles and tie it off. To complete the fly I would add in a turn of some dubbing depending on the finished look I want and brush this out and back to allow all the materials at the head of the fly to blend in together. 
Here are some of my more successful nymphs with CDC:

Hook: Size 10 Hends jig BJ120 
Bead: 3mm slotted tungsten sliver bead with a flat lead underbody
Thread: Olive twist tying thread
Tail: Cock De Leon
Tag: Glo-brite no 5
Rib: Hends blue patina tinsel
Body: Grey Hares ear dubbing 
Hackle: Hends light grey CDC
Collar: Grey Hares ear dubbing brushed back well.

Hook: Size 12 Hends jig BJ120 
Bead: 3mm slotted tungsten sliver bead with a flat lead underbody
Thread: Olive twist tying thread
Tail: Cock De Leon
Tag: Glo-brite no 5
Rib: Hends medium peral tinsel
Body: Natural phesant tail  
Hackle: Natural CDC
Collar: Hends spectra dubbing no 46.

Hook: Size 12 Hends jig BJ120 
Bead: 3mm slotted tungsten gold bead with a flat lead under-body
Thread: Black twist tying thread
Tail: Cock De Leon
Tag: Green holographic tinsel
Rib: Hends green wire
Body: Pheasant tail dyed olive
Hackle: Hends olive CDC
Collar: Hends spectra dubbing no 46.

I generally fish these nymphs on the point of a team of nymphs using the weight of these nymphs to drag down the smaller nymphs that are on droppers, this can be effective when you are fishing in early season or in heavy water. Allowing the Jig hook nymph to trot down the current into the path of hopefully a hungry trout. I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and try out this addition to your nymphs it really does add to the productivity of your flies. You can sign in and follow this blog to be updated when the next post goes up with more flies, just enter your email in the box on the right and thanks for reading.

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