Vosseler Xpert fly tying Tool Clip – how to use it

One material that I like very much to work with is  the CDC. On the market you’ll find a lot of tools that  help you work with Cul de Canard feathers.  I worked with a lot of models and types: PetitJean clips, paper clips,foam blocks  etc. but the best seems to be the Vosseler Xpert Tool Clip. I  tried this tool right  after visiting a fishing exposition. I saw this tool in the hands of a great German fly tier. He used it very easy, fast and without wasting  material.

The tool has 3 grip levels

Fixing the feathers

Cutting the barbs

Grip down the barbs

Forming a hackle loop:

Working with marabou:

Working with deer hair:

Here you can see a very good grip even for a lot of hair:

Catgut – a great material for tying flies

Catgut, a natural absorbable suture is obtained by longitudinally slitting the intestinal submucosa of sheep and goat, twisting the ribbons and joining them in wet condition giving monofilament finish. Catgut have 2 colors: natural or plain (ivory -cream color) and Chromic (dark brown color).For a long period, catgut was the most common material for the strings of harps, violins, and  as well as other stringed musical instruments.

Catgut is a great fly tying material and  lies tied with catgut looks very realistic.

Here is a few pictures with nymphs tied on size #10 and #12


Flies tied with size #16 and #18:

Increase the visibility for small flies

A simple and very efficient method to increase the visibility for small CDC dry flies tied on #16-22 : adding a small bunch of white CDC barbs in front of the wing.
In certain cases I use yellow or pink instead of white, especially at sunset when the light and the shadows become metallic.


Here is the step by step:

making the body of the fly


Materials for this fly:

Hook: Maruto Dohitomi D04 BL #16

Thread: 70Denier Olive

Body: Devaux yellow thread for bodies

Tail: coq de leon indio claro

Torax: mad rabbit dubbing

Wing: CDC Khaki Campbell feathers

Hi-Vis: white CDC barbs tied in front of the wing