CDC Floating Nymph, PMD


Imitates pale morning dun mayflies when there is a hatch in progress and trout are taking emerging duns from the surface. Because this fly has no hackle, it is particularly effective on slow water and spring creeks. The fly should ride low in the water, with just the wing on the surface. It bridges a gap between wet flies and dry.


Vary the color and size to match other hatches.

How to Fish

Do NOT dress the fly with floatant! CDC flies should be fished au natural. When a fly no longer floats well, put it in a small container of powdered descicant, such as Dry Shake, and shake it up. This removes the moisture, and you're ready to cast again.

Use the shallow nymph presentation.

HOOK: TMC 100, sizes 16-20

THREAD: Light olive

TAIL: Yellow mallard

RIB: Fine copper wire

ABDOMEN: Pale yellow Z-lon

WING: Mixed strands of dun CDC, yellow Z-lon, brown partridge

THORAX: Same as abdomen