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CDC Shrimp

Name CDC Shrimp
Category Pacific Salmon
Hook Saltwater; Size 4 to 8
Thread Match body color, 6/0
Antennae Stripped Grizzly hackle
Mouthparts Teal flank fibers
Eyes 10 lb test monofilament, burned on the ends to form darkened ball
Shellback Clear or speckled/mottled synthetic skin (I used olive Scud Back here)
Body Fluorescent pink, orange, rust brown, white, tan, or golden olive SLF dubbing
Legs Pale yellow or light dun CDC feather, folded over back (try to get it a just a little fuller than what you see here.)
Ribbing 6-lb test monofilament
Head Tying thread

CDC Shrimp, originated by Michael Anderson and named for the life-like material used for the legs, is now well-known as a highly productive fly.

This pattern came from the excellent book by Ken Hanley Fly Fishing the Pacific Inshore. Mr. Hanley mentions it as a good fly for Pink Salmon and suggests fishing it in the estuaries and around kelp beds. It is meant to be suggestive of euphasiid shrimp.

468 x 60 Fly Fishing

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