Tying a CDC Needle Fly by Davie McPhail

The Needle Fly is a generic imitation of large winged fly similar to those you've probably seen countless times when fishing a river or Stillwater venue. You'll have spotted Stoneflies or Grannoms on bushes, trees and sometimes yourself whilst fishing and especially when the fish are rising. If you aren't sure of what the rising fish are taking, try using a Needle Fly, a fish is bound to take one. Davie ties a Claret CdC body to this fly, which after a while, will absorb water and reduce the float of this dry fly, but if you have a drying patch handy, you can make sure this fly remains floating throughout your session.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie the CdC Needle Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.

Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry Black Nickel size 18 Thread: Uni-8/0 Iron Gray Body: Dyed Claret CDC Feather Wing: Natural CDC Feathers Thorax: Pine Squirrel Fur/Dubbing

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!