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I have no idea what I am doing with these...but here are some attempts at some mayflies, scud type things, nymph type things, and some carp bugs just for fun. Let me know your thoughts. I need some more ideas to improve the parachute style flies. Some people have mentioned using CDC as the parachute post, and I have tried...but failed miserably. Does anyone have any tips on how to use CDC as a post effectively? I plan on visiting my friend in ATL when he figures out some nice trout spots (he just moved there from NC).

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For someone who doesn't know what they're doing, you tie fantastic looking flies. Wish I could help with your question, but not really familiar enough with the flies your question refers to.
 

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Thanks haha. Ive seen videos on youtube of people using CDC fibers as the post material itself. I cant seem to get it right. The fibers are way too limp and not even close to the stiffness as the traditional calf tail material is. The CDC fibers look amazing in the water and float much higher...the problem is the hold water alot worse then a coarse hair. Anywayn, everytime I try using CDC the post collapses on itself. I have a parachute tool bar accessory on order for my vise so I can clamp the fibers up while I work around it...that might help.
 

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And also....not knowing what I am doing....alls i meant by that is I have never caught a trout. I have no idea what they eat and when. I just saw some patterns and made stuff up to sorta match. Hence the wild bluegill colors haha.
 

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Same here with the stream trout. I've only tried for them once, but got really lucky, and caught 2 on a Prince fly that I got from Carolina Mountain Sports on my 1st try. Believe me, it had to be luck because I was struggling with a cast with all the bushes and trees around, and I had not developed a roll cast. I missed a couple more in the same spot. If I had been familiar with more fly fishing methods, those would have been easy for me to catch.
Wish I could come up with something that would work for the post, other than the calf tail. Was wondering, if you have different kinds of fur if you could find something similar to calf tail to use until you can get the needed materials. Hopefully, someone will suggest something else to you. You may need to say what you have available.
 
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