Fri, 21 January 2022
I frequently get questions about CDC or Cul de Canard, a special feather found on ducks that makes very effective dry flies, emergers, and nymphs. What is it? Where does it come from? Why is it so special? What kinds of CDC are there, and how do you use it? And when fishing these flies, how do you treat them. My friend (and friendly nemisis from our monthly fly-tyig tie-offs) Tim Flagler [46:41] and I tell everything we know about CDC and its uses. I hope this answers many of your questions.
In the Fly Box this week, we have great tips from listeners and questions, including:
A tip for fly fishers who suffer from arthritis
Would it be better for me to take lessons on the water or hire a guide?
What are the best saltwater knots?
How do I avoid hitting myself and other people in the boat when fishing a heavy streamer?
Tips from a listener on repairing old bamboo rods, and advice for finding them at tag sales and reconditioning them
How do I pick up small hooks and beads that I drop off my tying table?
Can I overline my 3-weight fiberglass rod by two line sizes for fishing small streams?
Advice from a listener on cleaning and maintaining cork grips
What do you wear under electric socks?
Can I take some old flies and add a parachute to them?
What do you recommend I tie with all these game bird feathers I have been saving from my hunting trips?
When do you use wire, and when do you use beads on nymphs?
Do stocked fish push wild fish out of their normal places?
How do I keep my Elk Hair Caddis wing from rotating after I fish them for awhile?