The CdC and Deer Comparadun fancy pattern with both CdC & Deer Hair makes this fly robust for turbulent waters and slimy fish. The CdC and Deer Comparadun is a robust pattern and a good alternative to a clean CdC or Deer Hair Comparadun.


I have made no attempt to hide the fact that I love the Comparadun pattern. I tie it several ways, and this is a great variation of the pattern combining CdC and deer hair in the wing. Tying it this way produces a fly that is robust and durable. Somehow it also creates a visually nicer wing. I do not know if the fish cares, but the fly works darn well on a mayfly hatch.

This version is a universal pattern for any mayfly hatch.

When tying the fly, take care of the proportions. When you’re combining both hair and CdC you’re running the risk of creating a bug that’s to chubby to fish well. Use 50 percent of the deer hair compared to what you normally do.


Hook: Hends BL 454, size 12-16
Thread: UNI 8/0 Olive Dun
Wing: Costal Deer Hair and two natural CdC feathers
Tail: Four Fibettes (split)
Abdomen: Turkey Biot dyed olive
Torax: Pale Olive Musk-Rat, Grey Squirrel, Brown Squirrel (50-25-25)

Materials are listed in order of tying. Use superglue on shank before tying in the biot.

Fishing Tips

Dry dip and dead drift.