Soft hackles and copper john-athon

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Thomas Williams, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Sounds like a winner. PM me when you are ready.
     
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    GAT Dumbfounded

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    They're called "Slim Fast Soft Hackles".
     
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    Sounds like a skinny bodied sparse hackled fly tied as rapidly as possible

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  4. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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    Counting the number of hackle fibers on a fly. My world just tilted a little.
     
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    You mean you DON'T count the hackle fibers on a fly???? Good grief, man, you can't go tying flies willy-nilly!
     
  6. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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    Jesus GAT. Next you'll want everyone to count mayfly tails and shit. Geez.......
     
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    Let us leave Willie out of this. He gets me in enough trouble.

    Now I know why my world us off center. I count hackle fibers.
    Well up to ten, and then I lose count.
     
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    Most of the really sparse flies (North Country flies and spiders) were used on high gradient streams where the fish had but a short amount of time to decide if a fly was food or not. The sparse hackle moved more in the fast current and elicited strikes. I usually tie my spiders with 1 1/2 turns of hackle without stripping a side. This gives me more than 13 fibers, but after a few fish have gnawed on the fly the hackle gets whittled down a bit.
     
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    Seriously, I do tie some of my soft hackles very sparse, but not all. I change it up. Sometimes very sparse provokes a strike, sometimes those with a fuller hackle works better. Thus the reason I tie and carry both styles.

    There's never "always" in fly fishing but "usually". I was careful not to use "always" in my articles because that ain't the way it works.
     
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    Gene, A wise man once told me the only thing written in stone about fly fishing and fly tying is that nothing is written in stone.
     
  12. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I think I'd tie my soft hackles bushy and evaluate things streamside. Then pluck out the hackle as needed for desired fiber count.
     
  13. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    I also like them sparse. 1-2 turns.

    Here's one fresh off the vise. Same fly as my avatar.
    Hook - 14
    Tail - Peacock sword tips paired
    Body - Pearsall's 6B
    Rib - Copper wire
    Hackle - Hun partridge
    P1000348 C&R2+.jpg

    Here's a small working box of #14's & 16's. Some used, some just generally mangled from living in a box. Except for the Bailey/Stewart spiders and the fuzzy tan caddis the rest are 1-2 turns.
    P1010558RR&C.jpg

    P1010559RR&C.jpg
     
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    Great looking flies. Mine are not as pretty. I just discovered that my eyes have deteriorated a lot since I last dressed flies.

    That peacock does a lot for the fly.
     
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    Tim, very nice! 6B? Can't seem to find that one. Is it a rusty color? Dave