The Ramblings of a Fly Fisherman

CDC and Elk

Originally created by Hans Weilenmann, the CDC and Elk has become a bit of a staple for me. I like the fly because it is simple to tie (the name is practically the materials list), it floats really well with only limited additives, and it catches fish.  I think that the CDC on this pattern creates a lot or surface disturbance and movement as CDC tends to do with lots of other patterns that we all like.  Staying true to form, many have chosen, as I have, not to utilize elk for this pattern in favor of deer making the head on this fly a little easier to create.  In general, this makes a great caddis imitation and is a go to fly for many small streams.


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