CDC Midge Pupa

Cheech - January 6, 2019

This is more of a style of fly than an exact pattern, so feel free to adjust and tweak this fly to your liking. The first thing you will notice is that it has a CDC overwing, but that isn't necessarily to make it float (even though it could aid in fishing this fly in the surface film.) CDC is a material that traps air bubbles and creates unique movement underwater, so I have incorporated it a lot to sub-surface patterns lately. This bug can be fished deep on a nymph rig, mid column, or right near the surface on a greased leader rig. The best part of this fly is that it's really simple to tie and only uses three materials including thread!

Material List
  • Hook: Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook - 18
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Blue Dun
  • Head: Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Adam's Gray
  • Wing: Nature's Spirit CDC - Dark Gray Dun
  • Wing Alternate: Nature's Spirit CDC - Light Slate Dun
  • Wing Alternate: Nature's Spirit CDC - Dark Slate Dun
  • Wing Alternate: Nature's Spirit CDC - Light Gray Dun
  • Wing Alternate: Nature's Spirit CDC - Dark Gray Dun
  • Hook: TMC 2488 Nymph Hook - 18 - 25 Pack
  • Thread: SemperFli Nano Silk Ultra Fine 30D 18/0 - Brown
  • Bead: Killer Caddis Glass Beads - Midge - CC-Tan
  • Body: Life-Flex Spandex Material - Tan
  • Thorax: SLF Prism Bug Dub - Medium Brown
  • Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 12
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Red
  • Bead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 4.0mm
  • Tail: Flash Sale Hackle 77 - Whiting 4B Hen Saddle - Variant (Speckled Brown)
  • Body: Nature's Spirit Hare's Mask Dubbing - Natural
  • Rib: UTC Ultra Wire - Gold - Brassie
  • Thorax: Peacock Eye Sticks
  • Wing Case: Mirage Tinsel - Opal - Large
  • Tools Used:
  • Collar: Squirrel Body Pieces - Natural Gray
  • Alternate Hook: Hanak H 480 BL Jig Hook - 12
  • Swiss CDC MultiClamp
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

$1.99
Nature's Spirit CDC
Nature's Spirit CDC
Nature's Spirit CDC

Nature's Spirit CDC

$3.45
Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook
Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook

Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook

$5.85