This is a very interesting pattern from Gordon van der Spuy’s first book, ‘The feather mechanic’.
The Best of Both, has two parachute hackles, one of traditional hackle and one of CDC. The lower CDC hackle helps give the emerger a more lifelike presentation, rather than the more static traditional hackle.
It is also believed that the slightly larger footprint created by the CDC makes it more visible for the trout. The Opal tinsel body and copper wire rib makes a very realistic gas filled shuck ready to split and emerge.
No matter what, this is a very nice pattern to tie and I can’t recommend it higher!
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Table of Contents
How to tie Best of Both Emerger
Best of both emerger material list:
- Hook: Mustad Heritage C49 # 12
- Tying thread: Sheer 14/0 grey
- Abdomen: UTC Opal pearl tinsel
- Rib: Heavy copper wire
- Post: Para post wing white
- Thorax: Peacock herl
- Hackle: Natural brown cock and CDC