Soft Hackle Patterns for Madison & Firehole

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Soft Hackle Patterns for Madison & Firehole

Post by FlyFisherMann1955 » Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:03 pm

I'm still hoping to make our first trip to MT in September. It would be a 2-part trip with 7 nights in Missoula and then 4 nights in Gardiner. The Madison and Firehole are on the list of rivers to fish during the 2nd part. Is anyone, with experience fishing these waters, willing to share the soft hackle patterns and sizes that were effective for you?

Thanks- Ken
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Re: Soft Hackle Patterns for Madison & Firehole

Post by Roadkill » Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:48 pm

For the Firehole you can't go wrong having the Blue Ribbon Flies White Miller Soft Hackle
ImageB0061804 by William Lovelace, on Flickr

https://www.blueribbonflies.com/how-to/ ... ft-hackle/

and Partridge and Orange in #16 & 18s with a fine copper rib. A Lighting Bug Soft Hackle works well for me too.viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3673&p=43316&hilit= ... kle#p43316

On the Madison if the fish are running out of Hebgen Lake, Blue Ribbon has several others as well. Their Shakey Beeley is a good one that I sub out with my own October Caddis Soft Hackle (scroll down viewtopic.php?f=6&t=9053&p=101230&hilit ... is#p101230) or Electric Soft hackle in orange (viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7818&p=88856&hilit= ... kle#p88856) or my Baker's Hole SH ( viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8728&p=97735#p97735)

Check in with their shop and other in town before you go.
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Re: Soft Hackle Patterns for Madison & Firehole

Post by letumgo » Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:50 pm

Ken,

You should also touch base with Jim Slattery. Jim can definitely provide guidance on effective patterns for the Madison and Firehole area, as well as Hebgen Lake/Earth Quake Lake areas.

I'd highly recommend trying Jim's "Triple Threat Caddis" imitation.

https://www.flytierspage.com/jslattery/ ... caddis.htm



Absolutely deadly pattern...

You can find many of Jim's patterns listed here: https://www.flytierspage.com/jslattery/jslattery.htm

I would also recommend trying to get your hands on a copy of Sylvester Nemes book called "Soft Hackle Imitations". One of my favorite books on soft hackle patterns, and one that provides useful guidance on fishing the Yellowstone area.
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Re: Soft Hackle Patterns for Madison & Firehole

Post by narcodog » Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:00 pm

So I have fished the Madison and the Firehole every years for the last 10 years in Sept. To Sept still has dry flies but for soft hackles. This what I fish, Ellis Hatch's hatching pupa, it is an awesome fly. Soft hackle October caddis in size 10. As was stated the white miller is a must for the Firehole.

Early in the morning is trico time after the beatis hatch. There also some sedges(tan) that are very prolific on certain days.

Unless the temps drop considerably the run ups don't really start until late in Sept. I'm not sayin that they aren't there but they can be finicky.
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Re: Soft Hackle Patterns for Madison & Firehole

Post by letumgo » Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:31 pm

Bob - Is this the same pattern you mentioned?

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Re: Soft Hackle Patterns for Madison & Firehole

Post by Roadkill » Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:02 pm

Here is a link to the IBF White Miller Soft Hackle I tied when we had the Flymph Forum Rendezvous there in 2014. It has proven effective for me since then on the Firehole.

ImageB0061801 by William Lovelace, on Flickr


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Re: Soft Hackle Patterns for Madison & Firehole

Post by narcodog » Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:32 am

Ray that's it
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Re: Soft Hackle Patterns for Madison & Firehole

Post by Roadkill » Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:43 am

narcodog,

Great looking pattern, one I have to tie!! :)
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Re: Soft Hackle Patterns for Madison & Firehole

Post by joaniebo » Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:47 am

Try this:

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Re: Soft Hackle Patterns for Madison & Firehole

Post by Variant » Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:21 am

Parks Fly Shop has a video on tying the white miller soft hackle, easy to tie and very effective.
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