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Thursday, 8 October 2020

Tying a Small CDC/Comparadun with Davie McPhail

Comparaduns are one of the most versatile Dry Fly patterns in existence. They imitate low-riding mayflies to near perfection and most commonly used during a Pale Morning Dun hatch. However, many anglers refuse to tie this pattern due to the perceived complexity of tying the deer hair wings. Through Davie McPhail's video, you will find it's not really that difficult and to add to this, Davie adds CDC to the body and the wing of the fly to create a CDC/Comparadun. Davie's variant can be tied on different size hooks and in different colours, so it's probably a great idea to tie a few in an assortment of colours and sizes, ready in your fly box!

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 a Small CDC/Comparadun Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry size 16 Thread: Uni-8/0 Lt-Cahill Tail: Coq de Leon Fibres Body: Light Olive CDC Feather Wing: Light Olive Roe Deer and Natural CDC Feathers Thorax: Light Olive CDC Fibres

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!

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