Tying Soft Hackles

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Uminchu, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. Uminchu New Member

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    This summer I became a big fan of soft hackles and am now tying quite a few variations.

    However, I have a question about the hackle. Should the hackle be tied so it is swept back, or should the hackle stand almost perpendicular to the hook for greater action in the water?

    In most books the hackles are not tied down, but many commercial flies (Carey Special) are typically tied with the hackles swept back.

    Thanks for your advice
    - Bj -
  2. mike doughty Honorary Member

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    the uinta's
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    I tie and fish these on a regular basis and tie them swept back like the carey special.
  3. Preston Active Member

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    The hackles of most soft hackle flies are tied so that the barbules are at an angle that is something more than forty-five degrees to the hook shank. In many cases a little ball of dubbing is wrapped right behind the hackle to help to support it in this position. If you're interested in soft hackles you might take a look at any (or all) of Sylvester Nemes' books.