Soft-hackle caddis

A great place to discuss various patterns and tying methods for wingless wet flies, Yorkshire spiders, Flymphs and other patterns tied with soft hackles.

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Re: Soft-hackle caddis

Post by BrkTrt » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:10 pm

This jewel took a starling soft-hackle

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Re: Soft-hackle caddis

Post by hankaye » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:23 pm

BrkTrt, Howdy;

Niiiccccccce!

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Re: Soft-hackle caddis

Post by daringduffer » Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:24 am

If there ever was a candy fish...

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Re: Soft-hackle caddis

Post by SenecaLaker » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:05 am

Beautiful fish, that's a trophy colored up like that
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Re: Soft-hackle caddis

Post by letumgo » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:21 am

Gorgeous brookie. They are jewels of nature...
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Re: Soft-hackle caddis

Post by PhilA » Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:36 pm

I'll add another wingless wet that is very effective as a caddis pupa when American Grannoms (Mother's Day caddis) are on the wing ... a Starling & Herl:

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Dave Hughes popularized the Starling & Herl beginning in what I think was his very first book (American Fly Tying Manual, 1986). The fly design, however, is very old. Early flies with bodies of peacock herl were usually described as beetle imitations (for example, the Coch-y-Bonddu, Bracken Clock, Little Chap, etc.). That may be true, but a size #16-18 Starling & Herl works great for grannoms in the upper Midwest, either dead-drifted or swung through riffles.

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Re: Soft-hackle caddis

Post by tie2fish » Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:38 pm

Nice post, Phil, and beautiful fly.
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Re: Soft-hackle caddis

Post by hankaye » Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:08 pm

PhilA, Howdy;

Very nice way of say'n Howdy, ya got there. Thanks also for the background.
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Re: Soft-hackle caddis

Post by letumgo » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:39 pm

Handsome Fly Phil. Starling and Peacock Herl are a winning combination.

I like the red tread tag and head on this pattern. Very stylish.

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Re: Soft-hackle caddis

Post by William Anderson » Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:23 am

Phil, good to see you here again. I hope your water has been treating you well. That Starling and Her is exactly right. That's a fantastic fly to have as a dropper most of the time. It's almost always that or a Stewart's spider. I like the red tying thread as well.
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