IBF White Miller Soft Hackle

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IBF White Miller Soft Hackle

Post by Roadkill » Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:55 pm

This is a result of a day fishing the Firehole river and catching fish first with the traditional Blue Ribbon Flies White Miller Soft Hackle and then with an x-caddis variation of mine tied with a tinsel body that brought several fish to hand. This is the Cabin Eleven tying session IBF White Miller Soft Hackle...

Hook-Dai Riki 70 #14
Thread-Pearsall's Gossamer Light Olive
Body-Opal Mirage Tinsel with a Beaver (dyed Avocado) thorax
Collar- White Zelon (tied in reverse as the first step over the eye of the hook) pulled back after the body is completed
Hackle-Partridge (white phase)

ImageB0061801 by William Lovelace, on Flickr

I am sorry it didn't get a full test on the Firehole during the next two days of fishing. But it did get to count coup on some fish by a few of the Brotherhood gathered around the table that night. Craig Matthews even gave it an imprimatur the next morning saying "that fly will fish" while we discussed the White Miller at Blue Ribbon Flies. Craig was kind enough to give me a tying lesson on this caddis I had never heard of 5 years ago in his shop. 8-)
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Re: IBF White Miller Soft Hackle

Post by Smuggler » Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:43 pm

Interesting, I know Ray had a good outing with a fly similar to that.
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Re: IBF White Miller Soft Hackle

Post by Roadkill » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:53 pm

Eric,

Here is an older post with another similar flashy fly that has worked well for me.
http://www.flymphforum.com/viewtopic.ph ... htning+bug
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Re: IBF White Miller Soft Hackle

Post by Smuggler » Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:22 am

I see a lot of patterns that en corporate holo, flash etc into the recipe when imitating PMD's and caddis.

Probably a good reason for that! Thanks Bill.
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Re: IBF White Miller Soft Hackle

Post by William Anderson » Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:15 pm

Bill, I may have said privately, but I really appreciate the fly you left for me on my station. Such a pleasure to watch you tie and your generosity was as evident in person as I have known online for years. I tied and fished a fly very, very similar to yours shown here, although I saved yours. I did well with it and I believe Ray had some sport with the one I gave him even after I was flying home. I haven't fished these soft-hackles with halo tinsel bodies before, but they will certainly have a place in my box with the flymphs and spiders. A day on the Gunpowder I fished this pattern with a P&O dropped below and they only wanted the P&O. A week later, same scene and all eight of the classic Gunpowder 8-9" brownies hammered the flashy body, wouldn't touch the P&O. I like your IBF White Miller SH very much. Why it took me so long to try it out, I don't know, but I'm happy to have something else in the queue.

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This version is similar with a shorter starling hackle and an ISO blend thorax, but not dissimilar from the pattern I tied up and gave to a few people. Imagine this, with the poorly sized halo (its what I had) and a longer, pale ginger hackle and greenish yellowish thorax).

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This Halo Dark I have not fished yet. The Halo Light...killed on a couple outings. I really like the specific tailoring of your pattern to make this a White Miller imitation.
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Re: IBF White Miller Soft Hackle

Post by Roadkill » Mon Jun 30, 2014 1:26 pm

William,

The fly you described probably was working well with the PMDs that were hot on some of the waters. My glass bead emerger wasn't working for me as well as the one Eric Pepper posted. I will have to add your combination to my new expanded PMD box I dedicated on my return home. More tying to do. ;) Like you said, sometime the bling works sometimes not.
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