Davie McPhail's CDC Olive Quill Dun

Curtis - February 2022

There is a certain therapeutic aspect of watching/listening to Davie McPhail's YouTube videos but from a pure fishing and tying standpoint, he's got some winners no doubt. When I saw this pattern a number of months ago, I had been messing around with different styles of CDC wings on dry flies. I liked the simplicity of the wing style and as I tied up a few and tried them out, I was surprised at how well it floated. I've now fished them a few times on some hatches around the west here and in Argentina with great success. There's now a couple of rows in my mayfly box dedicated to this style of pattern. Give it a whirl....

Material List 
  • Hook: Fulling Mill 35050 Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless - 18
  • Hook (alt): TMC 100B Dry Fly Hook, Black Nickel - 18
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Olive
  • Thread (alt): Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0 - Medium Olive
  • Tail: Whiting Coq De Leon Euro Nymph Tailing Pack - Dark Pardo
  • Body: Hand Stripped Peacock Quill - Natural
  • Body (alt): Hand Stripped Peacock Quill - Fl. Yellow
  • Thorax Mix 1: Ice Dub - UV Lt. Olive
  • Thorax Mix 2: Hareline Super Select CDC - 1 Gram Pack - Khaki
  • Wing: Hareline Super Select CDC - 1 Gram Pack - Khaki
  • Wing (alt): Swiss CDC Super Select Grade - Khaki Campell
  • Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

    $1.99
    Ice Dub
    Ice Dub
    Ice Dub

    Ice Dub

    $3.50
    Hand Stripped Peacock Quill
    Hand Stripped Peacock Quill
    Hand Stripped Peacock Quill
    Hand Stripped Peacock Quill
    Hand Stripped Peacock Quill

    Hand Stripped Peacock Quill

    $5.95
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0

    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0

    $3.50
    Whiting Coq De Leon Euro Nymph Tailing Pack
    Whiting Coq De Leon Euro Nymph Tailing Pack
    Whiting Coq De Leon Euro Nymph Tailing Pack
    Whiting Coq De Leon Euro Nymph Tailing Pack
    Whiting Coq De Leon Euro Nymph Tailing Pack
    Whiting Coq De Leon Euro Nymph Tailing Pack
    Whiting Coq De Leon Euro Nymph Tailing Pack
    Whiting Coq De Leon Euro Nymph Tailing Pack

    Whiting Coq De Leon Euro Nymph Tailing Pack

    $14.99
    Fulling Mill 35050 Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless
    Fulling Mill 35050 Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless

    Fulling Mill 35050 Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless

    $13.25
    TMC 100B Dry Fly Hook, Black Nickel
    TMC 100B Dry Fly Hook, Black Nickel

    TMC 100B Dry Fly Hook, Black Nickel

    $5.99
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade
    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade

    Swiss CDC Super Select Grade

    $19.99
    Hareline Super Select CDC - 1 Gram Pack
    Hareline Super Select CDC - 1 Gram Pack
    Hareline Super Select CDC - 1 Gram Pack

    Hareline Super Select CDC - 1 Gram Pack

    $15.49