The CDC & Elk comes from the Netherlands and the vise of the illustrious Hans Weilenmann. Hans’ pattern has become increasingly popular over the years, although it still is unknown to some of us on this side of the pond. The innovative use of CDC as a body material and soft hackle set this fly apart from the crowd. The scraggly CDC collar trails back along the bottom of the hook, suggesting legs, a shuck or random appendages, while the DEER hair wing provides the flotation. This is meant to be a low floating dry fly pattern that matches caddis oh-so-well, yet I have found it works surprisingly well even during mayfly hatches. The unkempt appearance of this fly is it’s most endearing trait to me. I like that I can grease the CDC with some Dry Magic and have a high floating imitative fly, or leave it “naked”, letting the CDC become saturated and have a low floating emerger/cripple pattern. The CDC & Elk is a great fly to add to your repertoire, and an easy pattern to tie as well.