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Pattern CDC Pheasant Tail
CDC Pheasant Tail
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Category Nymphs
Entered Mon, 01 May 2006
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Hook: TMC 5262 #10-16...........................Bead: Copper Tungsten BEad.......................Weight: Lead Wire..............................Tail: Dyed Orange or other color pheasant tail barbs............Rib: CopperBrown Ultra Wire, small size.......................Flashback : Pearl Flashabou....................................Wingcase: Lagartun Pearl Mini Flat Braid.............Thorax: Peacock Herl twisted with fine copper wire...........................Collar: Natural Dun CDC wrapped as a soft hackle collar
Pattern Description
This fly is more properly called the Tungsten Bead Head CDC Flashback Pheasant Tail, but that is such a mouthful, I had to shorten it a bit. I was first introduced to this fly by a guide on the Roaring Fork River who loved the pattern for an emerging Green Drake. The fly was developed by Randall Kauffmann, and has become one of my favorites for the H/C/D rig. I tied a few up and have used them extensively over the past few years and they always produce. The CDC is a bit of a mystery to most tyers, as it is normally associated with dry fly patterns rather than heavily weighted nymphs. I believe the CDC collar on this fly mimics emerging wings and is the ultimate soft hackle on a sunken fly. When wetted, the CDC becomes very alive and wiffly in the water and has fish-attracting powers to be reckoned with. I most recently used this pattern (along with a Soft Hackle Emerger) on the Arkansas River while floating with Uber-Guide Larry Friedrichs. Ross and I had an incredible day fishing the Hopper/Copper/Dropper rig with the big BHFBCDCPT and a Soft Hackle Emerger on the dropper. This is a great *option* fly to have in your box when you just need something a little different.