Yellow CDC Mayday
Step 5. Cut the feather, and take care that you don't leave any stem.
Step 6. Rotate the vise, pull 4 to 5 fibers out at each side of the feather, and tie in with one wrap. Try to stay as close to the eye as possible.
Step 7. Pull the feather back out and clip off.
Step 8. Repeat until you've made one and a half turn with the hook, after which you'll have tied in and clipped the CDC feather 10 times or so - 4 above, 3 below and 4 above the hook shank. Always keep as close to the eye as possible, which is easy since there is no bulk at the tie-in point.
Step 9. Take the thread to the point above the hook point and make another thread bump.
Step 10. Tie in the tails; the thread bump will make them flare (picture 10a and 10b).
Step 11. Dub the body, hard against the tie-in point.
Step 12. Push the fibers back and pull the thread through them from under the hook.
Step 13. Push the silicone tube (you may have wondered what the brown tube is for, right?) over the CDC.
Step 14. Make a whip finish against the CDC fibers, so that they are firmly sandwiched between the thread and the body. Push the silicone tube back on the bobbin holder and cut the thread.
Step 15. Using scissors, clip the CDC until you have the shape you want. Don't clip the fibers around the hackle, but make diagonal cuts in front of and behind the hackle, which produces a more irregular shape. Clip out a 'V' at the underside of the hook.
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