Cdc snapping.

GEK79

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Hello all.. A suggestion on one of my threads about using cdc to tie some simple and productive flies led to me buying a bag of black cdc..
I've been trying to tie an Iobo..
Every time I have secured cdc to hook and began to wrap the feather with hackle pliers..
Snap snap snap..
I've gone through 19 feathers and nit produced a single fly..
Now my shed is cold would this make a. Difference..
Any help and suggestions here would be greatly appreciated..
As always
Gary
 

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Hi Gary, what are you trying to do with the cdc? Wrap it as a hackle? If you are tying what I know is an iobo (cdc humpy) you just need to tie in 2/3 feathers with the stalks facing the eye of the hook, dub your body the fold the cdc tips towards the eye and tie down just behind the eye. Leave a shuttlecock like tuft sticking up from the front. No need to wrap the cdc.

Scott

should have added dyed cdc doesn’t float as well as natural and is a little more brittle, probably why it keeps snapping on you.
 

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Hi Gary, what are you trying to do with the cdc? Wrap it as a hackle? If you are tying what I know is an iobo (cdc humpy) you just need to tie in 2/3 feathers with the stalks facing the eye of the hook, dub your body the fold the cdc tips towards the eye and tie down just behind the eye. Leave a shuttlecock like tuft sticking up from the front. No need to wrap the cdc.

Scott

should have added dyed cdc doesn’t float as well as natural and is a little more brittle, probably why it keeps snapping on you.
Trying to toe the IOBO I've watched a few different versions on you tube seems a simplish fly to tie.. Black dyed cdc I have I think...
 

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If I'm tying a fly that requires the cdc to be wrapped like a hackle then I like to use the split thread technique. I find its stronger than wrapping the stem itself. Have a look for the technique on YouTube.
Thanks lad just so I don't go down the wrong path just search split thread technique fly tying.. Sorry to seem simple..
 

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Sound's like the CDC has been over treated Gary, too much bleach, over washed. Also black dye can be a real pain to colour fast (hence bleaching and washing). Best either to chop it up (remove fibres from stems) and use as a dubbing or as webblade posted. (y)
I use split thread a lot, simple and easy with far less bulk than dubbing loops. ;)
 

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Hello all.. A suggestion on one of my threads about using cdc to tie some simple and productive flies led to me buying a bag of black cdc..
I've been trying to tie an Iobo..
Every time I have secured cdc to hook and began to wrap the feather with hackle pliers..
Snap snap snap..
I've gone through 19 feathers and nit produced a single fly..
Now my shed is cold would this make a. Difference..
Any help and suggestions here would be greatly appreciated..
As always
Gary
This is the video I thought explained what I needed to do and it didn't seem to complicated..
 

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It's probably like wobbly face has suggested.
Thinking I had some black stuff years ago that did the same totally dried out and brittle, sank like a stone may I add. Purchased it from cookshill in the early days ,should have sent it back. But that's another story.
Good luck with the iobo it's a great fly.👍
 
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