Posted by Rod on August 12, 1998 at 06:28:40:
In Reply to: What's the attraction? posted by BUDMAN on August 12, 1998 at 03:39:16:
I read an article on CDC tied flies and I agree 0with the premise and conclusion. Cul'du Canard (sp) holds air bubbles (mechanical gills of sorts) that continually replenish oxygen, nitrogen and CO2 to keep an equilibrium. These bubbles create a flash of sorts and is a major "key" to fish deciding whether or note ot bite (an imitation or authenitic creature).
Alot of folks use CDC on dries, but the author also recommended it for wets. We all have seen flashy patterns out fish non-flashy patterns of the same fly. I agree with the author that the flash imitates the air bubbles and triggers a strike.
Stick with the gold ribbing if its working. I think elk hair and deer's hair has a similar effect as the CDC. Muddlers with gold ribbon and deer hair are deadly when fish are keying on terrestrials--the tiny hairs and "prics" on hoppers hold air bubbles and will cause a strike.
I ramble but think gold and silver ribbing are deadly additions to patterns.
Anyone have recipes for CDC dries and Wets?