Hendrickson Soft Hackles

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Re: Hendrickson Soft Hackles

Post by joaniebo » Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:58 am

That's one good looking fly. Wish I had a couple to use as models to copy.(hint, hint !)
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Re: Hendrickson Soft Hackles

Post by dj1212 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:14 pm

Good looking fly. So I have to ask. Since Golden Plover is about impossible to get does anyone know of a suitable substitute? Thanks.
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Re: Hendrickson Soft Hackles

Post by joaniebo » Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:32 pm

dj1212 wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:14 pm
Good looking fly. So I have to ask. Since Golden Plover is about impossible to get does anyone know of a suitable substitute? Thanks.
It's not impossible to get but you need to get on Cookshill's waiting list and be patient.

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Re: Hendrickson Soft Hackles

Post by daringduffer » Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:47 pm

This seller offers Golden Plover skins once in a while:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Snipe-Full-S ... Swm8ZdrewH

I have bought snipe and wild wabbit from him that have been of good quality. I bought my plover from Cookshill.

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Re: Hendrickson Soft Hackles

Post by mamatried » Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:15 pm

Wonderful pictures and good looking fly. Nice to see when things are starting to ice up around here.
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Re: Hendrickson Soft Hackles

Post by Old Hat » Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:06 am

Doug, I think part of what makes golden plover so special and desirable is the fact there really is not a good substitute for it (at least from a human artistic perspective). From a functioning perspective probably a lot of hackle you could use. Best bet would be to play with different dyed colors of starling.
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Re: Hendrickson Soft Hackles

Post by dj1212 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:07 am

Thanks guys for the answers to my question about Golden Plover. I've never even seen the feathers in person. I'll keep an eye out for some and get on Cookshill's list. From photos I've seen of flies tied with it it is a beautiful feather. Feathers really are some of natures most beautiful creations.
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Re: Hendrickson Soft Hackles

Post by Variant » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:25 am

John, that is one good looking pattern !
Are you using Pearsalls or YLI silk?

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Re: Hendrickson Soft Hackles

Post by joaniebo » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:38 am

Cookshill has packs of Golden Plover hackles available per Facebook posting:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/6291599 ... 1/?fref=nf
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Re: Hendrickson Soft Hackles

Post by ForumGhillie » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:27 pm

Variant wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:25 am
John, that is one good looking pattern !
Are you using Pearsalls or YLI silk?

Lou
I am using YLI silk thread in the colors I have. I don't have YLI in a brown so i used Pearsalls. I need to buy some additional YLI colors. I think the above 2 flies were tied last Winter with some special squirrel dubbing I had purchased that I chopped up and then spun the bodies. I had tied about a dozen and they worked really well for me during the Hendrickson hatch.

A small confession... I create the spun dubbing bodies with silk thread (YLI or Pearsalls), but I use Veevus or UNI-thread as the underbody to attach everything to the hook shank. I don't want to waste my Pearsall's Gossamer silk thread. Plus, I doubt the trout will care what is underneath the spun body. You only really see the thread at the head behind the hook eye.

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Right now I am playing with these Orvis Hares Ear Spectrablend packs, I found them buried in the back of one of my large dubbing containers. The packs are at least 30 years old. I remember years ago trying to work with this hares ear dubbing and it was a mess to use in a dubbing loop or trying to twist onto the thread. So I tucked away for years until now. It makes nice spikey spun bodies when using William Anderson's Clark spinning block and well waxed silk thread.
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