CDC is an amazing natural material for tying flies. Take a good old Pheasant tail, put it on a jig style hook and add some CDC and you have a very fishable fly! This pattern is a must for any fly angler. A very forgiving fly that gives good reason that a soft hackle pheasant tail is Patagonia’s founder Yvon Chouinard favorite fly (although I believe he favors the partridge soft hackle version). Fish it in dead drift style or swing it for deadly presentations and you will be very pleased!
Jigged CDC Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Recipe:
1) Hook – Umpqua Competition C400BL
2) Bead – Slotted Tungsten Copper
3) Tail – Whiting Farms CDL Medium Pardo
4) Body –Natural Pheasant Tail
5) Thorax – Peacock Herl
6) Wire – Small Copper
7) Soft Hackle – CDC Brown
8) Thread – Veevus 10/0 Brown
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