Great video by a Davie McPhail
I think others will enjoy this new video by Davie McPhail on tying the original CDC Bubble Sedge.
Great looking caddis pattern.
Nice. I like the bubble and overall 'bugginess' because of the squirrel fur. Wonder what is the best way to fish this pattern?
As Davie ties it there it would be used here as a still water pattern. Part of a team, which would be cast out, left static for a few seconds, then retrieved. Usually from a drifting boat. It will cross over to rivers very easily. Cover the fish dead drift. If that doesn't get the desired reaction, impart a little action to the fly.
A part of an article by Davie on this general style; how to fish; and why
As good as that fly looks it may not matter how you fish it. Just get it in front of the fish.
Byron asked me for my version of this fly, which is a little different. (At that time I was out of CdC but as some arrived yesterday...) I tie a gold ribbed hare's ear version.
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The body is tied in two sections, the rear two thirds is dubbed hare's ear ribbed with fine gold oval. Then the forward third the same hare's ear in split thread to give a hackle like thorax. Working in from the eye I clip a V in the thorax hairs. As always with Hare's ear flies a primrose coloured thread shows off the hare's ear best, in this case 8/0 Light Cahill Uni. This one is on a size 10, usually I would have them in sizes 10 to 14.
The antennae are omitted as I find they don't add anything to the fly. Often the first fish will break them off anyway. I have never perceived any difference in fishing these with or without them.
Last edited by AlanB; 07-13-2014 at 07:53 AM.
Reason: Missed a bit.
Nice fly Alan, I like it.
Great job AlanB.
I like your fly, AlanB, and also the concept of tying a fly that floats, as well as fishes, well. - the 2 are often interconnected.
In that regards, in just the past couple days I read where Craig Matthews said that his Amber Iris Caddis pattern was the best caddis pattern ever devised by man. What a bold statement! While it may be a good pattern in some circumstances, it isn't the best floating pattern when tied as he recommends, which thus limits it's usefulness in certain faster water situations.
Last edited by John Rhoades; 07-14-2014 at 11:34 AM.
I think you could fish it as an emerger, too.