Skip to main content

CDC and Elk

CDC and Elk CDC and Elk Recipe

Hook: TMC 100SP-BL #12-20

Thread: 8/0 or GSP 50 Brown

Body/Hackle: Tan or Natural Dun CDC


Wing: Deer Hair


Fly Tying The CDC And Elk  Video:

CDC and Elk Step-by-Steps:

Tying The CDC & Elk

Tying The CDC & Elk Step 1 of 9

Start the tying thread behind the eye and wrap a smooth base back to the bend. Select a CDC feather that looks like this one. You want a feather with some length to it, and a bit of taper to the length of the fibers as well. Hans calls this a Type 1 CDC Feather, although this nomenclature has been slow to catch on over here. At any rate, look for a feather that looks like this one.

Tying The CDC & Elk Step 2 of 9

Separate the fibers on the tip of the feather a bit and tie the tip of the feather to the hook with a loose turn of thread. You want some of the fibers beyond the tie in point to be loose so they will form the "collar" at the front of the fly.
Pull the tip of the feather down to clump the ends into a bunch along the top of the shank. Leave the tips extending to the front end of the hook to help form an underbody for the fly. Wrap forward over the tip of the feather forming a smooth thread base up to the index point.

Tying The CDC & Elk Step 3 of 9

Grab the butt end of the feather in a pair of hackle fibers and proceed to wrap the feather forward up the hook shank. these first few turns will result in a body that looks much like dubbing to start with.

Tying The CDC & Elk Step 4 of 9

As you reach the front half to one third of the body area, the loose fibers on the CDC feather will come into play. Continue wrapping the feather as you were, allowing the loose fibers to splay around the hook like a soft hackle. It may help to fold the fibers back with your fingers as you wrap to clear the way for the next turn.
Continue wrapping the loose portion of the CDC feather forward, forming a ragged collar of flowing CDC fibers.

Tying The CDC & Elk Step 5 of 9

When you reach the index point with the CDC feather, fold any loose fibers back along the body and tie the tip of the feather off with a couple firm wraps of thread.
Clip the butt end of the CDC feather flush and build a smooth thread base over the butt end as well as the bare portion of the index point.

Tying The CDC & Elk Step 6 of 9

Cut, clean a stack a bundle of deer hair. You want hair with nice clean steeply tapered tips with some diameter to the hair immediately below the tips. The amount of hair you use is up to you and how you intend to fish the fly. Dress it sparsely for flat water and a bit more heavily for rougher water. Measure this clump of hair so it extends from just behind the eye of the hook back to the bend.

Tying The CDC & Elk Step 7 of 9

Clip the hair to the length you just measured, and lay it along the top of the shank with the butt ends just behind the eye of the hook. It is easiest to grasp the hair in your material hand and then clip the butt ends to length so the hair is in the correct hand once it is trimmed, as passing the short bunch of hair from hand to hand can be tricky. Place two turns of thread over the hair, about an eye length from the butt ends. Make sure these wraps lay one on top of the other.
Hold the hair in place while you tighten the two thread turns by steadily pulling the bobbin toward you. The butt ends of tha hair should flare into a nice little semi-circle.

Tying The CDC & Elk Step 8 of 9

Make two turns forward through the butt ends of the hair to bring it right up behind the eye. These two turns are made at about a 45 degree angle to the shank and work to further lock the hair into place.

Tying The CDC & Elk Step 9 of 9

With the thread right behind the hook eye, whip finish in front of the butt ends of the hair. Clip the thread.

Finished CDC & Elk

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

George Daniels Hauling Tuck Cast

George Daniels Hauling Tuck Cast

George Daniels Hauling Tuck Cast

Tying the Double Barrel Popper

Tying the Double Barrel Popper

All these tricks can be put to use on poppers or sliders for anything with fins, from panfish to billfish.

Scientific Anglers Amplitude Infinity

Scientific Anglers Amplitude Infinity

Scientific Anglers Amplitude Infinity

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

The Hobie MirageDrive 360 pedal propulsion system is the pinnacle of kayak control with more efficient fin designs, glide technology and allows the boat to be moved in any direction.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Fish are cold-blooded, so their body temperature reflects that of the water in which they swim.Temps for Trout: How to Catch Fish that Behave Hot n Cold Trout

Temps for Trout: How to Catch Fish that Behave Hot n Cold

Hilary Hutcheson - July 15, 2020

Fish are cold-blooded, so their body temperature reflects that of the water in which they swim.

Hobie's MirageDrive 360 pedal propulsion system offers ultimate kayak control with more efficient fin designs, glide technology and allows the boat to be moved in any direction.Hobie 360 Drive Kayak Propulsion Technology: Power and Control in Any Direction Accessories

Hobie 360 Drive Kayak Propulsion Technology: Power and Control in Any Direction

OSG Editorial Staff - November 01, 2020

Hobie's MirageDrive 360 pedal propulsion system offers ultimate kayak control with more...

Here are seven important strategies from some of the world's best nymph fishermen.7 Tips for Rigging Your Nymphs like a Pro Beginners

7 Tips for Rigging Your Nymphs like a Pro

George Daniel - March 11, 2019

Here are seven important strategies from some of the world's best nymph fishermen.

See More Trending Articles

More Species

Suspended feeding trout require our full attention and best skills.Strategies for Fooling Suspended Trout Trout

Strategies for Fooling Suspended Trout

Pat Dorsey | Photos & Text - October 07, 2020

Suspended feeding trout require our full attention and best skills.

Anyone who has met Johnson will tell you he's humble and dedicated to his art and fly fishing.Tim Johnson & The Orvis Company Trout

Tim Johnson & The Orvis Company

Dennis Pastucha - February 08, 2021

Anyone who has met Johnson will tell you he's humble and dedicated to his art and fly fishing.

Hucho Taimen can reach six feet in length, and weigh more than 150 pounds.Tugur Taimen: Exploring the Vast Wilderness Rivers of Siberia Salmon

Tugur Taimen: Exploring the Vast Wilderness Rivers of Siberia

Keith Rose-Innes - May 14, 2020

Hucho Taimen can reach six feet in length, and weigh more than 150 pounds.

A Bitterroot trout every month for 19 years.The Streak: A Montana Fly Fishing Tale Trout

The Streak: A Montana Fly Fishing Tale

P.M. Devlin - February 12, 2021

A Bitterroot trout every month for 19 years.

See More Species

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Fly Fisherman App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Fly Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now