in a wonderful example that a fly tier can have ADHD (or be drunk and confused) and still manage to make a wonderful fly, Davie’s two-versioned tutorial of the same generalised imitation where wings and thorax get interchanged shows us some fine, yet-so-easy fly tuning that simple rearrangements can produce. more than just a groovy example of mixing and matching, this fly thing seems to be just the ticket as a really good searching pattern or when there’s several types of bugs on the water. mayflies, caddis, hawthorn, crickets and you name it. it looks buggy as bug and’ll leave a lot for the fish to see below, in the surface film and above the water. that’s a lot of good points for a fly to have. enjoy !
Buzz is just the way we (insect-eating fish and me) like them. scruffy, buggy, undefined silhouetty, heavy imprinty, fuzzy and translucenty.
Hans points out it can be either a caddis or stonefly imitation and to us it looks like it’ll in one way or another resemble just about any on-the-water bug, meaning that when you’re in that indecisive “dunno what fly to tie on… “ mode, this one is the one to grab.
it’s also a pretty straightforward tie with just two feathers and no special intricacy involved in its making. its sorta like what a Griffith’s Gnat has become after centuries of evolution. it developed a shape and dropped the dumb, fragile glitter-stuff.
the more we look at it the better it looks.
“This is the Culard, another successful pattern from Hans van Klinken. It has been a hugely successful pattern for me, much more than the well known Klinkhammer Special and the Once and Away. I believe Hans designed the fly for fishing low water conditions on a river, and at that it certainly excels. It has also been a hugely successful stillwater fly for me, rarely letting me down. I normally fish it dry, but, in articles I’ve read it appears Hans also liked to fish it “damp”
from a frenchie’s point of view, this fly’s name is somewhat of an attention getter.
‘Cul’, as in ass, as in Cul de Canard as in CDC is rather well known to mean duck’s ass or in direct translation, ass of duck and for all intents and fly tying purposes, the feathers found surrounding that same derrière.
once the ‘ard’ suffix added, generally use to designate ‘someone who is’ whatever preceded it so, what we’re left with is, and to cut short on my piscatorially-pointless monologue, something like ‘someone who is an ass‘, truly one of the more interesting fly names ever… and now that that’s over please click either pic to access Dennis Shaw‘s most excellent step-by step tutorial for these two very fishy and generalist all around versions of this strangely named fellow over on UKFlyDressing. enjoy !