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Tying with Cul de Canard oiler Puff

The Puffball flies

   See the complete Puffball serie on Hans Weilenmann site: http://www.danica.com/flytier/index.html

  5 steps to tie a black ant with one Puff CDC feather

Suspender Buzzer: This suspender is tied with a polystyrene bead to suspend the fly just under the film. Tied with a Cul De Canard puff, you get a slimmer and lighter fly and easier to tie too  Hook Kamasan B110 (H14) 
 Thread:  8/0 noir
  Body: Hare's ear
  Ribbing: Copper wire
  Wing:  CDC type 3 oiler puff
  Thorax: Peacock herl
  Breathers:  polypropylene fibers

 The finished fly Take in your right hand the rachis tip of an oiler puff With your left hand, stroke the barbules back
 Place the feather 2 mm from the hook eye (Thread is already attached)  With the thread, make 2 loose turn around the feather , and pull the puff through to give the proper length  The Puff will make a small ball, you can make it bigger by pulling more of it moins. Cut the loose ends
 Tie the ribbing wire and the breather and dub the thread with hare's ears.  Wind up the dubbing, stopping short of the wing  Wind up the copper rib and tie 2 peacock herl
 Wind up the herl  Tie the herl and cut the waste. Wind up thread in front of the wing to make it go upward. Cut the breather to length

  Another emerger tied the same way (A variant from Bob Wyatt Deer Hair Emerger). Make several turn of dubbing in front of the wing to make it vertical.

 You could apply some "Float Fly" on the wing and thorax : The result, the fly floating in an aquarium, You notice the air bubble around the thorax.

On the left:  An F fly tie the same way. The barbules can be left ( make legs) or cut . 

On the right, a Klinkhammer type fly, the parachute polypropylene fibers is replaced by a CDC puff

On the right, a parachute fly, the barbules tips are not cut and replace the hackle. On the left, the same fly seem from underneath

No CDC flies would be complete without the CDC and Elk, on the left, the CDC and Puff: 
Body: CDC feather type 1 wound up on the shank.
Wing: CDC puff
 On the right, Puff Caddis, one CDC puff and one hackle

Comments from an Irish customer:  See the Forum: http://www.flyforums.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7134
Tied up some of the above (Puff caddis) using the CDC puffs. Simplicity in the extreme, with a very Sedge Like profile. For the last few seasons CDC Bubble Sedges have being the mainstay of my sedge fishing- also easy to tie, but not as easy as above.

I tied a few without the hackle , I simply left some of the tips of the puff on the eye side of the tying in point, and then brought the thread back through these to the eye - this leaves the cdc tips as though they were wound hackles.

CDC has also been the mainstay of my spinners, I have tried three techniques for producing these , and had settled on winding two CDC hackles and then splitting with figure of eights.
With the CDC puffs this is simple, tie in with hackle tips pointing over the eye of the hook, separate tips into 2 halfs and figure 8 to give u the split wings.

For anyone that is interested in tying with CDC these very inexpensive puffs will give you hours of enjoyment and will really kick your inventive side into gear.
First quality CDC Puff are available in the  Flytying Shop: 
  See the catalogue
How to dry your CDC flies: Dry Fly  and apply the new floatant powder : Float Fly


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