Well now. I like to tie CDC flies. They just have a action and performance that can't be matched with other materials.
CDC can be a pain in the butt to work with, Some years ago I found out there was a tool for the taming of the feather from a ducks (well you know).
I bought one online. I keep it in a special spot when not in use. It's a work horse on the bench during comparadun tying, It was kinda hard to find.
Well here's a Trashflies alternative. If you want to make one.
3 T pins
Disposable ink pen
Knife or cutter
Cut the T off three T-Pins
Disassemble a used up cheap ball point pen.
Remove the ink tube
Cut off a piece of the tube. (where the ink wasn't)
Push the pins into the tube
Push the pins and the tube segment back into the tip holder
Cutt the pen body to desired length
Work some CDC
You catch the stem of the CDC feather between the needles. Hold the butt end. Turn the tool. Stoke the fibers forward, Slip off. The fibers are bunched and the stem is clumped. Tie in the clump. Clip the stem off.
'Stay Clever and Trashy My Friends'
Dedicated to my son, Bailey. I Love you.