Recommend 2 gotta have soft hackles

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  1. wioiei

    wioiei New Member

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    Going to try fishing with soft hackle flys and are there any old wise fly fishermen that could offer 2 need to have soft hackle flies?
     
  2. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    If I could only fish for trout with 2 or 3 patterns, one would be a simple, nameless soft hackle I learned about when a friend and mentor fished circles around me one afternoon a half-dozen years ago at a hike-in mountain lake. When I asked what he was using, he showed me a well-chewed pattern that looked like nothing I'd ever seen before.

    Tied on a regular dry fly hook, his unassuming pattern had a plain, chocolate brown dubbed body over a few wraps of lead wire. Try using Wapsi's Awesome Possum with a couple turns of dark brown partridge on a size 12 or 14 wet fly or nymph hook. After you tie in the collar hackle, pull it back a bit with your fingertips before cinching it down and tying a neat thread head.

    That's it - no flash, tinsel, beads, or other bling. But you'll be amazed at how well it works.

    K
     
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    i'm not too old, and i question how wise i am at times..... however there is only 1 soft hackle i tie and fish because it seems to always work.

    standard length wet fly hook - i use a mustad 3399a usually
    peacock body - a few wraps of lead wire if you like
    partridge hackle - 2 turns

    works wonders out here on the n. oregon coast for me. ymmv
     
  4. Ron Eagle Elk

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    I guess, if I had to pick a couple soft hackles it would be a partridge and (insert a color here) That fly tied with orange floss and green floss have brought more fish to hand for me than any other fly, period. Use a darker colored partridge on the orange and a lighter color on the green, and wrap the hackle sparse.

    REE
     
  5. wioiei

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    Thanks for the suggestions, we will attempt to tie and fish these this season. There is a picture of the wilted spinach, has anyone used this fly and had any luck with it?
     
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    My favorite is peacock and black. It is a peacock herl rope body with a turn or two of soft black hackle. I like it in sizes 14 or 12 but have tied it larger and smaller and caught fish. The others mentioned have all worked well for me also as has a pheasant tail soft hackle both with and without a beadhead (pheasant tail tail, pheasant tail body reverse wrapped with fine copper wire, peacock herl rope thorax and grey partridge soft hackle).

    Randy
     
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    My goto soft hackles are the hares ear and partridge 'n' peacock

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  8. Calvin1

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    I haven't used soft hackles much, but just the other day I tied a pheasant tail soft hackle just for fun. I used olive dyed pheasant tail, peacock hurl thorax, mylar tinsel shell back and hungarian partridge, spares. I tied them on size 16 and 18 Tiemco Caddis Pupa hooks.

    I flailed around with them for about on hour on the Mo yesterday, but I was pretty uninspired given that it was snowing and cold as hell.
     
  9. Richard Olmstead

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    My most productive soft hackle is also about the simplest. A few wisps of hackle fibers for a tail, natural hare's fur body (with fine gold rib) and a hen's hackle wound a couple times at the head and then palmered about two turns back to about the middle of the shank. I vary the shade of the hackle and hare's fur for different conditions. This is sometimes called a 'flymph.'
    Dick
     
  10. AFJBugger

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    My grandpa (92) recently looked with his high powered glasses at my fly boxes and asked where all my bucktails and soft hackles were. I think I am so clever tying 18 & 20 emergers with foam posts and trailing shucks that I sometimes forget about the old classics. He said fly fishing was easy back then, ‘just throw on a fly that was bigger than everything else on the water’.
    He also used to ‘stoop so low’ and tie a hook on with a live crawdad attached and cast off the docks in Lake Tahoe. I have some framed pictures of enormous trout he pulled in that way, what a cheater!
    I am thinking of putting together a box of some of the old classics for hot summer days in the cascades! I guess that I will have to break out some of his ‘retired’ gear and do it up in style.
    Anyhow, I usually tie 12-14 wet hooks with olive thread, tan dubbing or peacock with light or dark hackle. Pretty simply, actually.
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  11. Egg Sucker

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    I agree with Ron Eagle Elk about the orange. I have had massive success with this fly. I tie it with a few pheasant tail fibers for the tail, orange floss body, peacock hearl thorax, 1-2 turns of pheasant hackle (light grey), and typically a gold bead head. Silver wire around the body helps to maintain the floss from falling apart after fish tag it and you can hide some lead under the peacock for weight.
     
  12. Joe M.

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    Pheasant tail with grouse hackle (standard wet hook size 12-14)

    The ones below are usually tied with size 12 scud hooks:
    - dun sparkle yarn body and grouse or starling hackle
    - tan sparkle yarn body with partridge hackle
    - peacock body with grouse or starling hackle
    - yellow egg yarn body with starling or grouse hackle
     
  13. Don Johnson

    Don Johnson Duke of Furl

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    I have always had better luck with the Partridge and Olive over the P&Orange, for some reason, and my "improved" version with a whisper of Antron as a pseudo "wing" between the thorax and hackle works even better (7:1 in actual testing)

    The second is one that I have come to call the Northwest Country Spider:

    Hook: standard or heavy wet fly
    Abdomen: Pearsall's Gossamer silk in Jasper
    Thorax: Hare's Ear dubbing
    Hackle: Golden pheasant greater covert feather
     
  14. Don Johnson

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    I have always had better luck with the Partridge and Olive over the P&Orange, for some reason, and my "improved" version with a whisper of Antron as a pseudo "wing" between the thorax and hackle works even better (7:1 in actual testing)

    The second is one that I have come to call the Northwest Country Spider:

    Hook: standard or heavy wet fly
    Abdomen: Pearsall's Gossamer silk in Jasper
    Thorax: Hare's Ear dubbing
    Hackle: Golden pheasant greater covert feather

    However, I must add, one can never have too many soft hackles and being forced to carry only 2 would be like...well, it'd just be bad ju-ju. If I couldn't carry as many as I do then I might have to resort to those floatie-things; you know, dry flies.
     
  15. Les Johnson

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    1. Self-bodied Carey Special, 8-14. Counter wrap fine copper wire over self body. Natural, dyed olive, dyed yellow.

    2. BWO Soft Hackle, 14-18, BWO olive Nature's Spirit dubbing, fine copper wire rib, California quail breast feather, two turns.

    Good Fishing,
    Les Johnson