I hope everyone is enjoying America's 240th birthday. Be safe and be happy.
I had a couple of free hours this day, albeit 5am to 8am, but the early bird gets the worm. I had just finished reading "Simple Flies" by Morgan Lyle. and a particular pattern hit me hard. The pattern was the CDC & Elk. This fly is the epitome of simplicity. I can't believe this is the first encounter with this fly. I tied up a couple of them a size 14 and a 16. Only 3 hours of fishing so these were the flies I would use. There were no hatches coming off other than some midges as well as a few sulphurs dying along the banks. I started fishin the CDC-Elk in some riffles that flowed into a nice pool. The fly's drift stopped and hung in the slack water briefly. The water exploded and fish on.
A few runs and a jump along with some head shakes and the beautiful rainbow was at hand.
The CDC&Elk size 14. Thread, CDC, and elk hair...now that's simplicity.
In the few hours I fished several nice rainbows were fooled by the fly.
I'm a believer.....going to tie up several more, different colors and some size 12's.