Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Soft Hackles

I have never really fished any soft hackle flies before. I guess a nymph or midge has been my go to fly and I have never really had to resort to fishing a wet fly/soft hackle/flymph. But, after talking to my buddy in Oregon I hear that soft hackles on the swing are the best fly to use - especially for hungry cutthroats and in early summer/late fall.

So, I have to start tying them tonight (not bad, a week before I am leaving) - and to be honest with you, I have no clue how to tie one. Sure I've tied some soft hackles on my possie buggers, but I wouldn't call them nicely tied by any means.

I have been poking around the web lately - and specifically today - and found a few really nice patterns. Check these out below. I will be tying some of these tonight.

The Flymph


I have posted this pattern before on my site - just never got around to tying it. I like the color and the bugginess (if that is a word). Plus, I don't think it is too difficult to tie.

March Brown Soft Hackle

Easy tie - and the March Browns are popping right now in OR!

Soft Hackle Hare's Ear

Quincy Soft Hackle


These are just a few that caught my eye - I will be tying a bunch in the next few days - I will post some pics of what I have tied up.

3 comments:

Bigerrfish said...

yum yujm!!!!

Kev2380 said...

In NC soft hackles are one of the most productive flies. Especially before a caddis hatch. The neat thing is you'll notice too large fish will take the smallest hackles. I've had big trout hit a size 18-20 soft hackle. On the South Holston that's about the only size people fish with or smaller.

David said...

Love the flymph flies and soft hackles use them as both a searching or when a hatch is going on also use a system I call bugger bashing simply attach a soft hackle or flymph to the bend of a bugger and swing,strip,and Swing again.