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Fly of the Month

December 2016


Olive CDC Emerger

Cul-de-Cunnard commonly called CDC is a feather obtained from the area of a duck's preen gland. The cdc feathers are coated with preen gland oil and that makes the feather of great value to fly tiers. The feathers look like they would be of little value because they would absorb water and sink the fly; but the opposite is true. Cdc feathers allow flies to float like a cork. The best cdc feathers I have found are obtained from Trouthunter ( www.shop.trouthunt.com ) in Last Chance Idaho, they are of superior quality and allow the tier to get a good floating fly usually using only 2 or 3 feathers. This pattern is an emerging pattern for the BWO that are a common hatch in our area. The fly is tied on a scud type hook that allows the body of the fly to float in the film while the cdc wing is visible to the angler.


Hook - Tiemco 2488; #14-18

Thread -Olive 8/0

Wing-Dun cdc feathers (2 - 4) tied in cripple style

Tail - Mayfly brown zelon

Body - Olive turkey biot

Thorax - Olive dubbing



John Lazar

Fly tied by John Lazar


Olive CDC Emerger


The Lacky Sunken Stone is a variation of a salmon fly pattern created by the late Nick Nicklas of West Yellowstone MT.  Nick's pattern was tied with an orange body on a 6xl hook in sizes 4 and 6.  He also tied golden stones on size 8 hooks.  Fortunately we don't need such large flies to imitate the good yellow stonefly hatches that we usually see during May and June on the Lackawaxen.  We've slightly modified Nick's original to match our stones.  The original was tied without legs and is quite effective that way.  The fly is essentially several elk hair caddis tied in succession along the hook with rubber legs tied in "X" style as shown in the picture.  Begin by tying in the deer hair tail (which actually imitates the extended wing of the natural), cover the butts of the hair with dubbing.  Tie in a clump of deer hair so that the tips reach back to approximately the middle of the preceding clump. Cover the butts with dubbing and keep repeating the process until you reach the eye of the hook.  The last clump is finished off by trimming the butts as shown.  If  using the legs tie them in at the next to last clump.  Cover the tie in with dubbing and proceed to the final clump.



Hook  :  Dry fly; #10, 2xl and 3xl

Tail  :  Natural deer hair

Wing  :  Natural deer hair

Body  :  Yellowish dubbing

Legs  :  Medium tan centipede legs (optional)

Alan Bowers

Fly tied by John Lazar



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