Now that the evenings are getting longer and the temperatures outside drop considerably, the season for fly-tying has started again. At Finest Fly Fishing twelve fly-tiers took part in a workshop tying with CDC-feathers on Saturday the 16th of November.
Text and pictures Rudy van Duijnhoven
CDC-feathers are the soft feathers that can be found near the spot from where the duck greases it’s feathers. The very movable feathers can be used in, especially, dry flies, wet flies, emergers and nymphs.
The workshop was given by three “Masters of CDC” (that is why it was called like that): Christian Kuchelmeister (picture), Marco Crippa and Leon Links.
Guided by one of the three Masters, several patterns were tied during one and a half to two hours. After that Christian, Marco and Leon changed tables. This way the participants learned to tie flies from all three Masters.
Leon Links works for some time already on a book on fly-fishing and fly-tying together with Hans van Klinken.
The techniques that are used when tying CDC-flies (Cul de Canard flies), can also be used with other fly-tying materials.
Leon Links shows one of his patterns to a participant.
There was coffee and cake for the fly-tiers and the workshop leaders.
Christian shows how the CDC-feather is tied down on the hook shank.
A picture of the whole group as a reminder of an interesting and fun fly-tying day.
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