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Matt started fly fishing in 2002 and joined the competitive scene a few years later. He was selected to fish for Western Province at the Nationals in 2008, and represented his Province in seven National Championships, his team winning two golds, two silvers and a bronze medal, including an Individual silver…
In one respect UV resins have replaced superglue in my fly tying and that is in locating tungsten bodies on hooks. This was always a precarious business as you wanted the get the tungsten body to stick to the hook but not get stuck to the hook or the tungsten…
This week I want to look at the concept of twisting CDC in a split thread. Well, actually , in a loop of sorts. Conventionally, when people spin CDC they split the thread. A nice multi-fibred thread like the Gordon Griffiths sheer is ideal in this regard, as it lies…
Last week we looked at the basics of CDC. This week I want to discuss the concept of adaptability. One is always better off getting the best quality materials for the job at hand. CDC is no exception, but very often one is limited in terms of the quality available.…
  CDC is possibly one of the greatest fly tying materials God ever created. It really is brilliant stuff. The only problem seems to be obtaining decent quality CDC. That to my mind is our greatest challenge in this country. The stuff available commercially leaves a lot to be desired…