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CDC FEATHERS
(Cul-De-Canard Feathers)

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CDC Feathers from a Duck

CDC are interesting looking small fluffy feathers. They can be from a goose, duck or other aquatic birds, but most CDC feathers used for fly tying are from ducks. The larger the bird the larger the CDC feathers. Located near and around the duck's oil gland, they are often referred to as "Oil Gland Feathers" or "Preen Feathers"

Used when tying dry flies, the feathers natural oils help make them water resistance, but their true flotation qualities are derived from the fact they trap and retain air bubbles. If CDC feathers get dirty or clumpy, they will lose their flotation abilities.

Most fly tying shops will have CDC feathers. CDC feathers are available in a variety of dyed colors and sizes. They are usually sold in plastic bags containing several feathers in the same size range and color.

CDC feathers are located towards the tail of the duck and collect oil from the preen gland, which the duck then uses to preen other feathers helping keep them water resistance. If you watch a duck in the wild, you will notice them collecting the oils from the preen gland and CDC feathers and transferring it to other feathers. It might look like they have an itch, but they are actually preening their feathers and making them water resistance..

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CDC Oiler Puff Feathers were used for
a wing post on this fly

CDC Oiler Puffs are tiny feathers that lack observable stems. They are located on the nipple of the preen gland and are often referred to as "Nipple Plumes". These small fluffy feathers entrap air and make great wing posts on a dry fly.

When using CDC for hackle applications you want to select feathers with the narrowest stems.

We have used CDC feathers on wet flies, but it was as much for the artistic value as any practical purpose, but they can make great body hackle or as part of an under wing, ect...

FEATHER QUALITY
There are no overseeing bodies or government regulations regarding feather quality control and each company can use terms and descriptions of their choosing. Most CDC feathers we have seen were good quality and generally the best quality CDC feathers are usually termed as "Select" which means somebody physically sat there and selected the best quality feathers.

Cul de Canard is a French word for those wondering about the origin.

When buying complete bird skins, the skin should be pliable and scrapped clean of any residue.

Commercially available bird skins and feathers bought in a fly tying shop will be clean and have uniform color when dyed. If acquiring bird skins and feathers from other sources then precautions should to be taken to avoid insects or other pests that could infest your fly tying supplies.

FEATHER CARE AND STORAGE
Some general advice about cleaning and storage of feathers.

ANATOMY OF A FEATHER
Description and parts of a feather

BUYING AND SELECTING FEATHERS
What to look for when buying feathers. As a beginner we bought a lot of worthless and damaged feathers. This page will help in the selection of good quality feathers.
 

MATCHING FEATHERS
How to match and pair feathers when tying feather wings on a fly.

FLY TYING FEATHERS:
AM-GOLD PHEASANT
ARGUS BODY FEATHERS
ARGUS HEN QUILL FEATHERS
ARGUS PRIMARY TAIL FEATHERS
ARGUS SECONDARY WING
BANKSIAN COCKATOO
BARRED WOOD DUCK FEATHERS
BIOTS (GOOSE / TURKEY)
BLUE EARED PHEASANT
BLUE EDGED MANTLE BODY
BRONZE MALLARD FEATHERS
BUSTARD FLORICAN FEATHERS
BUSTARD KORI FEATHERS

CDC FEATHERS

CHATTERER
CHUKAR SKINS
COQ DE LEON
COTINGA
CRANE FEATHERS
CUL DE CANARD (CDC)
EMU FEATHERS
GADWALL DUCK FLANK
GOLDEN PHEASANT SKINS
GOLDEN PHEASANT CREST
GOLDEN PHEASANT TAIL
GOLDEN PHEASANT TIPPETS
GOOSE SHOULDER FEATHERS
GRAY PEACOCK SINGLE EYES
GUINEA FOWL FEATHERS
HUNGARIAN PARTRIDGE
INDIAN CROW
JAY
JUNGLE COCK
KINGFISHER
LADY AMHERST CENTER TAIL
LADY AMHERST TIPPETS
LEMON DUCK FEATHERS
MACAW TAIL FEATHERS
MALAY PEACOCK SINGLE EYE
MALLARD SIDE FEATHERS
MALLARD WINGS
OSTRICH HERL
PARROT FEATHERS
PEACOCK FEATHERS
PEACOCK HERL
PEACOCK NECK FEATHERS
PEACOCK QUILL FEATHERS
PEACOCK SWORD FEATHERS
RINGNECK PHEASANT
SCARLET MACAW
SILVER PHEASANT
STARLING SKIN
SWAN FEATHERS
TEAL FEATHERS
TURKEY FEATHERS

WOOD DUCK FEATHERS

HACKLE FEATHERS
Hackle feathers are a complete subject in themselves and these pages will sort through some of the confusion.

MARABOU FEATHERS
Marabou are fluffy feathers that have a breathing action in the water.

FLY TYING INSTRUCTION
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Fly tying equipment and materials
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flies for fishing and display.

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