Generally speaking, there are two different types of C.D.C. feathers. The first is the “plume” or what is sometimes referred to as an “oiler puff”. These small feathers are ideal for use in midge patterns, small dry flies, spinners, and emergers.
The larger feathers surrounding the preen gland vary in size and density and are often graded accordingly. C.D.C. Super Select is the highest quality, most dense feather and is the ideal choice when you need maximum buoyancy. C.D.C. feathers packed in bulk are great for all-around use and can be used as wing material, collars on soft hackle flies, or even as dubbing.
C.D.C. is such a popular material that we offer it in 27 colors! Although the flies above are primarily floating flies C.D.C. works great on sinking flies too. Don’t limit its uses based solely on its flotation properties. Check out the micro woolly bugger shown below tied with a C.D.C. plume tail.
If C.D.C. isn’t a fly tying staple at your fly tying desk you are missing out on one of the truly great materials for fly tying. Give it a try – it might just help you come up with a new “secret” fly pattern.
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