CDC Feathers

(1 customer review)

5.39

  • CDC Feathers are one of the most favored materials when it comes to tying dry fly patterns.
  • Naturally lightweight, strong, and waterproof, they are great in repelling water and possess amazing buoyancy.
  • They are covered in natural oils, which prevent them from getting saturated with water, thus making them weigh less and float great.
  • These feathers are tightly interlocked in a structure that holds air in.
  • Their unique structure that traps air and the oil that prevents them from absorbing water, helps your fly afloat and above water.
  • CDC feathers are an incredibly buggy material, amazing for tying dry flies, but also emerger, nymph, and streamer patterns.
  • The movement of the individual fibers in the water is very lifelike, drawing the attention of the trout and making them perfect for tying wings, soft hackles, and legs on nymph patterns, tails, posts, etc.
  • Feather length: 1.5 to 4 cm
  • See the Description tab below for some fly tying recipes demonstrating how these feathers can be used.

ThumbnailSKUColorWishlistPriceQuantity 
Hemingway's CDC Feathers - Natural Dark Gray
101-010601-12Natural Dark Gray 5.39
Hemingway's CDC Feathers - Natural Dark Brown
101-010601-13Natural Dark Brown 5.39
Hemingway's CDC Feathers - Natural Light Brown
101-010601-14Natural Light Brown 5.39
Hemingway's CDC Feathers - Pardo Brown
101-010601-15Pardo Brown 5.39
Hemingway's CDC Feathers - Tan
101-010601-16Tan 5.39
Hemingway's CDC Feathers - Blue Dun
101-010601-17Blue Dun 5.39
Hemingway's CDC Feathers - White
101-010601-18White 5.39
Hemingway's CDC Feathers - Dirty Yellow
101-010601-19Dirty Yellow 5.39
Hemingway's CDC Feathers - Rust
101-010601-20Rust 5.39
Hemingway's CDC Feathers - Natural Dark
101-010601-07Natural Dark 5.39
Hemingway's CDC Feathers - Gray
101-010601-10Gray 5.39
Hemingway's CDC Feathers - Brown
101-010601-11Brown 5.39

CDC Feathers

CDC Feathers (short for Cul de canard, French for “duck bottom”) are one of the most favored materials when it comes to tying dry fly patterns. Naturally lightweight, strong, and waterproof, they are great in repelling water and possess great buoyancy.

Two very important characteristics make them super-floatable: they repel water and they trap air. As these feathers come from the back of the duck, where the duck’s preen gland is located, they are covered in natural oils. These oils prevent the feathers from getting saturated with water, thus making them weigh less and float great. CDC feathers are tightly interlocked in a structure that holds air in. When a duck needs to dive underwater, it presses against the feathers, squeezing the air out. When it resurfaces, it shakes the water off and fluffs them up, which traps the air again.

The structure of these feathers that traps air and the oil that prevents them from absorbing water, helps your fly afloat and above water. CDC feathers are an incredibly buggy material, amazing for tying dry flies, but also emerge, nymph and streamer patterns. The movement of the individual fibers in the water is very lifelike, drawing the attention of the trout and making them perfect for tying wings, soft hackles, and legs on nymph patterns, tails, posts, etc.

Some great fly tying recipes using CDC Feathers

Realistic Mayfly

For a full list of ingredients for the Realistic Mayfly pattern, go here.

Synthetic Quill CDC Emerger

For a full list of ingredients for the Synthetic Quill CDC Emerger pattern, go here.

Hemingway’s Caddis Flymph

For a full list of ingredients for the Hemingway’s Caddis Flymph pattern, go here.

Weight 0.005 kg
Dimensions 12.1 × 7.9 × 0.8 cm
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1 review for CDC Feathers

  1. Joseph (verified owner)

    These feathers were exceptional compared to CDC feathers I’ve used in past. I hope this product remains available as long as I tie flies. Would like to see the tan or dun colors in stock.

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