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Tailmaster Emerger

The way in which we tie CDC in this emerger –as seen in the picture that shows it in action- makes the abdomen have the correct posture when on the water. The air bubble that takes form below the CDC wing case prevents the thorax from sinking, leaving the abdomen in a less effective vertical posit View more...
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Tailmaster Emerger
List of materials
MaterialsHook: Partridge YK125ST, black Sedge type. Because of its shape and color it is a part of the design of this emerger, making one only piece with the abdomen.Thread: 8/0 or 14/0, white.Abdomen: six brown peacock fibers, clearly barred. Natural color or dyed olive.Ribbing 1: one pearled Flashabou Mirage strip, or pearled with green highlights.Ribbing 2: red, very fine copper wire.Thorax: peacock fiber; bronze colored if possible, like the feather with the eye mark. That color can be obtai View more...

Step 1

Tie some thread from the hook eye to the bend and place a tail made by marabou-like strips (those found in saddle hackles). I prefer the natural grey color.

Fly tying - Tailmaster Emerger - Step 1

Step 2

Go back with some open turns towards the hook eye, and tie the six peacock strips, the flashabou and the copper wire, going towards the bend and up to the tail edge.

Fly tying - Tailmaster Emerger - Step 2

Step 3

Without wrapping the peacock strips making them bulky, we should cover them with anti-clockwise moves; then tie them and trim. We should do the same with the flashabou strip that goes around the abdomen. After tying with copper wire and trimming the flashabou, cover it with clockwise moves. This way we go through the body and the flashabou ribbing making an X-figure, and set both tightly in a single step. View more...

Fly tying - Tailmaster Emerger - Step 3

Step 4

Even out four CDC feathers (you can use 2 or 3 for smaller flies) and tie them with its concave side heading up, making sure that we leave enough of it at the back so that it is not short when bent over the thorax. The length of it, that overhangs, should be at least of the same length as the abdomen.

Fly tying - Tailmaster Emerger - Step 4

Step 5

Take a peacock fiber with long fibrils, tie it by its tip (cut off the thinner section), and cover the thorax by combing the fibrils towards the back (as we do when tying a hackle). It should be very thick.

Fly tying - Tailmaster Emerger - Step 5

Step 6

Use a toothpick to keep the CDC feathers from sticking completely on the thorax when tying them at the head. This little gap will then hold an air bubble that forms when the fly gets to the water, and it will keep the fly in the correct angle of inclination. Finish this emerger fly by dying the tying thread with brown marker and making several turns right below the wing. These finishing turns should make the fly a bit more tilted upwards. View more...

Fly tying - Tailmaster Emerger - Step 6

Step 7

Finished fly image.

Fly tying - Tailmaster Emerger - Step 7


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Marcelo Morales

Marcelo Morales

Guide, Fly Tying instructor, Casting instructor - Argentina