I wrote last summer how a small CDC soft hackle was my #1 fly. So, I’m reloading the fly box in anticipation of BWO hatches and lower flows in July and August, when bugs are small and fish are leery of larger flies. The rain also makes for a great excuse to sit at the tying bench.
If you look at the original post, I write about how I put on the CDC fibers: spin the bobbin counter-clockwise to flatten the thread, split the thread, put in the fibers, spin clockwise to cord up the thread, etc.
The new tweaks include applying dubbing wax to the split thread to better hold onto the wispy and fragile CDC fibers. I also use a dubbing clip. It really helps stabilize the fibers as I slide them gingerly into the split thread. A great invention!