Pattern My new Partridge and Green

Jim Speaker

Active Member
#3
Yep that'll catch fish. I tie mine on a tmc2487 with olive biot (smooth) and go for the golden colored tiny partridge body feathers... because it looks good to my eye. Bottom line is softhackles are awesome esp. if ya fish em right.
 
#6
Jim,
This might interest you. I had read about this technique but didn't try it for a long time until after watching a guy do it at the Fly Tying Expo in Eugene. It allows you to use feathers that would otherwise be too large; a problem I often have with partridge.
WOW! Never even thought of that. Thanks!!! :thumb: I have a beautifull picked over skin that is now useable again.
 

Jim Speaker

Active Member
#7
Wow, took me a bit to get back to this thread apparently, but so glad I did! That's a great trick Preston! Yep... looks like I won't need any new partridge skins for a good long while. And, oh the great golden browns I'll get to use now! The other thing that occured to me is that the tapered nymph body bulk is an automatic. Thanks very much for the post!
:beer2:
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#8
Jim,
This might interest you. I had read about this technique but didn't try it for a long time until after watching a guy do it at the Fly Tying Expo in Eugene. It allows you to use feathers that would otherwise be too large; a problem I often have with partridge.
Preston, that is a very nice technique, thanks for posting it here. I presume that you are also to get thanks for the many patterns I'm copying out of a book or two that you've collaborated on with Les? I'm enjoying the patterns and trying to make a reasonable replica for my own use.
 

Preston

Active Member
#9
Thanks Mumbles but the few fly patterns I've contributed to Les' books represent only a few of the enormous number of cutthroat and salmon flies that anglers from California to Alaska sent Les for inclusion in his books. The real kudos should go to Les for the incredibly time-consuming task of organizing all of that material and presenting it in a clear and intelligible format.
 
#11
You speaking of the MS Word document attached? Worked fine for me, but had to give the document a few seconds each time I scrolled so it could render the images...
 
#12
Preston,

I have a loose bag of partridge that I've been pulling from for my soft hackles and I just figured 90% was unusable. Great tip TY TY TY.

you rock!
 

TheShadKing

Will Fish For Food
#15
Great tip, Preston.

For reposting the doc, it's easy to convert to an HTML file in Word. That'll help the .doc impaired.

Another option, depending on the version of your OS and Word, is to grab MS's "Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF" ... Google it and download it from microsoft.com.

If none of the above appeal or work for you, I'd be happy to mail you the PDF. Just PM me.
 

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