video - CDC Biot Caddis Emerger

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  1. Hans Weilenmann

    Hans Weilenmann Active Member

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    CDC Biot Caddis Emerger
    Hook: Dry fly hook 1XL #14
    Thread: Benecchi 12/0, black
    Shuck: Z-lon, silver - sparse
    Abdomen: Goose biot, dyed tan
    Thorax: Ice Dub, olive - very slender
    Underwing: Z-lon, silver
    Wing/legs: CDC, natural
    Antennae: Lemon woodduck barbs
    Head: Peacock herl

    Video here - please view in HD, if able:



    Cheers,
    Hans W
     
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    Hans, nice pattern
     
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    Love that one. I'll be tying some of those guys this weekend.
     
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    Eh.... the weekend is half over. Or at least, for me it is LOL

    Save some tying time for the next pattern - uploading to the Youtube mothership as we type.

    Cheers,
    Hans W
     
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    Well, okay.... I tie some Sunday. Picky, picky...:D
     
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    I little word of warning when it comes to Hans' patterns. He makes tying them look very easy. Hah!
    That is not neccessarily the case. I didn't have any natural CDC so I used a very light olive color for the wing and the biot body. Besides, most emergers around these parts are a variation of olive colors. I'm not sure where Hans gets his CDC but mine is never as good as what he uses.

    Tying with the goose biot is a bitch! The biot is barely long enough to create a body for a size 14 and I'll be damned if I can get it to line up so the segmentation looks correct. Tying the CDC legs also turned out to be a challenge. I didn't bother with the antenna because I have yet to find a fish that won't take a pattern that doesn't include antenna and I was having a hard enough time tying the pattern without adding another step.

    So, if you're having problems duplicating what Hans ties, you are not alone.

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    Gene,
    You did a grand job!
    Well done,
    Hans W
     
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    Actually NOT... I just realized I forgot the thorax dubbing. Guess I'd better try again. No wonder I had a heck of a time with the biot not moving forward as far as I thought it should on the shank...there's a damned thorax I missed. What an idiot :eek:

    (when all else fails, read the instructions)
     
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    Gene,

    I put the small thorax in, and the antennae, to remain true to Harry's pattern

    For my own use I would also discard the antennae.

    The biot, on the other hand, is easily long enough. We don't need no stinkin' thorax :cool:

    Cheers,
    Hans W
     
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    Well hell. You tie the pattern as instructed and it makes a difference. I'm still having a heck of a time with that biot body. Guess I'm biot body challenged.

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    So what do you call that particular body, Gene? Low water style emerger? ;-)

    Hans W
    *running&ducking*
     
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    Hans, if you're interested, I discovered a shortcut. When you tie in the Z-lon for the tail, instead of cutting off the forward excess fibers, save the butt ends for use under the CDC wing. You can cut the forward fibers of the Z-lon so they are the correct length when you tie-in the CDC wing. It saves a step and I'm all about that :)
     
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    Gene,

    Nice try and one I have considered before, but as I have one of Harry's originals here I know that the underwing holds 2-3 times the number of filaments.

    Cheers,
    Hans W
     
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    And the fish can count the fibers? :) Well, anyway, that's how I'm going to tie the pattern, if it doesn't work, obviously fish CAN count Z-lon fibers.
     

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