Tying Flies With Cdc: The Fisherman's Miracle Feather (英語) ハードカバー – 2003/1/1
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CDC (cul-de-canard) feathers are one of the most popular fly-tying materials. CDC's water-resistant properties make it particularly useful for tying dry flies, emergers, and nymphs, especially in small sizes. Tying Flies with CDC brings together the CDC patterns and tying techniques of creative, innovative fly tiers from around the world. The book gives background on CDC, how it was used in the past and how it is used today, and details aspects of fishing with CDC flies.
Leon Links is a fishing journalist and teacher in Amsterdam. He was first introduced to CDC in the early 1980s by fellow Dutch author and angler Kees Ketting, and has since become and enthusiastic convert to CDC flies.
もちろん、日本でも有名なレネ・ハロップのパターンやコメントも掲載されている。に、かぎらず嶋崎 了氏、備前 貢氏、田代 法之氏のパターンも掲載されていて好感が持てる。
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The Introduction is good as are the first 6 chapters (50 pages). It keys on the qualities, characteristics, uses, origins, and pioneers of CDC. I really enjoyed how in the first few pages, the reader is introduced to tying his first fly "The Moustique", with high quality photographs, but as mentioned by other reviewers, slightly lacking descriptions. It does leave something desired, but nonetheless can be overcome if you have even the slightest fly-tying background as myself.
Unfortunately this is where the book begins to disappoint. Chapter 7 is a tribute chapter to the great pioneer Marc Petitjean, in which the reader learns how to tie the MP52 (a caddis), MP43 (an emerger), and a MP220 (a stealhead streamer), but the majority of the 13 page chapter concentrates on the MP collection and series by identifying MP's patterns by name e.g. MP's 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 19, 21, 22, 52, 53, 63, 64, 65, 66, 71, 72, 31, 32, 33, 34, 76, 41, 42, 43, 44, 74, 81, 82, and YES the list goes on. For the average reader this means absolutely nothing, though there are brief descriptions and photos for some of these but not all.
The next 70 pages provide information on CDC patterns and tyers from around the globe. Here once again the book fails as 106 named patterns and materials for tying each are mentioned, yet, of the 106, only 5 include detailed instructions and photographs.
In my opinion this is not the bench-side reference nor the "most comprehensive literature" as many have mentioned. When we hear the term "Cul de Cunard" or "CDC" we synonymously think of imitative comparadun and parachute-style dun and/or spinner patterns . Yet out of the 14 patterns with step-by-step instructions, only 4 are of the adult mayfly stage, of which 2 are traditional-hackle-thorax style, and the other 2, split-wing which I arguably categorize as borderline spinner. Yup, 145 pages of text and not one parachute-style dun. Although I was disappointed in the lack of content, I did give the book 2-stars for the quality of photography, as well as the layout of the first several chapters. Nonetheless I would have been better served purchasing some CDC material for the price of the book, and youtube'ing CDC patterns or google'ing the history of CDC if this is of interest to you.
This book starts with a fine historical review and moves on to a number of excellent patterns and techniques. CDC dubbing is nicely addressed and it is a very valuable component of the book. Overall, it is a fine addition to any flytier's library.
There are a few areas that the book could have covered, and perhaps should have covered - but didn't. I don't know why - perhaps the editors limited what could be included - because I have no doubts about Mr. Links' skills and interest in the subject.
I would love to see more patterns and some newer techniques covered in this book.
For the last five years I've owned and used a tool of Japanese origin (sort of a three-pin bodkin) designed to allow a tyer to strip a hackle stem of all CDC plumes in a matter of seconds. I've seen the tool for sale (albeit with Japanese instructions) in many flyshops in the US, Europe and Canada and the exclusion of the tool mystifies me. Mr. Links uses the paper clamp / scissor / dubbing-loop method to transfer plumes, and he hand-strips or wraps or lashes the feathers - but simple strip-tie posts / wings are still more complex to tie than they need be.
Still, this is a fine work, and I strongly recommend it.