Petitjean CDC Feathers


Petitjean CDC 1g Packets

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Petitjean CDC Feathers (Croupin de Canard or Cul de Canard)

Flies tied with CDC have more life-like quality than flies tied with other, more opaque materials.                                 Highly aerodynamic: when cast, the CDC collapses but, at the end of the cast, it expands acting as a parachute as the fly descends to the water. It therefore makes casting easier and fly presentation more delicate.

Highly hydrodynamic: under water every filament pulsates with life even in the gentlest flow or on the slowest retrieve.

Folds like real fly tissue when a fish takes a CDC fly into its mouth. In this way, fish accept CDC flies more readily, and are much slower to reject them, than ones made of harder materials.

Warning: Petitjean CDC Feathers
Colours #1 to #6 and #8 to 16 have a feather length of 3 to 6 cm
Colour # 7 (Beige) is 1.5 to 3.5 cm

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Marc Petitjean and swiss CDC fly
"How I became a Pro" : Marc Petitjean

I learned to fish like the kids in the great movie "A River Runs Through It". When I was 7 years old, my grandfather took me fishing for the first time. In France, where we lived. I was allowed to catch little baitfish. Some years later and with stronger arms, I caught my first trout and I remember it like yesterday. The rod was 4 meters long, made out of Bamboo and the bait was a Natural Mayfly (Ephemera Danica) which had to be handled as carefully as a snow-flake. My first experiences of fly-fishing used an old split-cane rod of my grandfather and an even older line which had to be greased every five or ten casts! This was not a very efficient way to catch fish, but I learned a lot! In Switzerland, where I moved in 1978, I had my first contact with a cdc-fly. It was at a dinner among fishermen when my friend Bruno - who had poor eyesight - asked me to tie him a visible fly which floated nicely. Because I was very proud of that request and did not want to lose face I began a study of local cdc-flies. Those patterns used cdc-hackles, no wings and classical bodies made of silk or other materials. Worried, not wanting to copy those local flies, I developed a new concept of also tying the body with a cdc-feather: This product a perfect conical body, which floated even in riffles and rapids. Bruno and later many more fishermen in Europe, were very pleased with the simple but efficient new way to tie a fly. I have been a professional fly-tier since 1990 and today more and more anglers are convinced that those tiny and inconspicuous feathers are the best a fly fisherman can have wrapped around a hook: They are good for dry-flies, for emergers, for nymphs, for streamers and even for salmon flies or saltwater-patterns. I love them and think you will too! Marc Petitjean