Three basic Soft Hackles that worked great for me last year!

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Three basic Soft Hackles that worked great for me last year!

Post by jcwillow777 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:00 pm

Last year was my first year fishing soft hackles, thanks to John Shaner! He has come to the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo at Macomb Community College in Michigan the past two years. He sparked my interest two years ago, by after his presentation last March I decided I would fish nothing but soft hackles this year, and I did. Well, except for the Trico hatch. I fished two flies most of the year. I tried three the first few times out, but after getting tangled up so many times, I stuck with two. For the most part I rarely got tangled, unless I tied the dropper longer than 4"-5". I hope he will be coming back to the Expo this March.

Anyhow the three that I used were the orange partridge, yellow partridge, and the green partridge. I came to the dance a little late, so I have no Pearsall Gossamer. So, I've been using Ephemera. This past year I have been reading everything I can get my hands on regarding Spiders and Soft Hackles. Think I read about 15 books. T.E. Pritt's North Country Flies and Brook & River Trouting by Edmonds and Lee were the first I read, thanks to the recommendations by John Shaner. There are a couple more books I would like to get, but since they are out of print and so crazy expensive, one is close to $2,500, I probably will never get a hold of them. I plan to experiment with other soft hackles this coming year and can't wait to get back on the river this spring when I open up my cottage. I am definitely hooked on soft hackles, and I'm never going back!

Sorry, my tying and pics are as good as many others here, but with more practice I'll get better.

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Green Partridge
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Yellow Partridge
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Re: Three basic Soft Hackles that worked great for me last year!

Post by hankaye » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:21 pm

jcwillow777, Howdy;

As far as the olde classics go if their copyright has expired then you can download
them from a handy website https://archive.org/ It's easy enough for me to find
my way around there so I shouldn't think you would have any problems. Good Luck &
Happy Hunting!

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Re: Three basic Soft Hackles that worked great for me last year!

Post by letumgo » Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:05 am

jcwillow777,

If you are interested to play with some Pearsalls Gossamer silk, send me a private message with your email address. I can send you a couple colors to play around with.

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Re: Three basic Soft Hackles that worked great for me last year!

Post by letumgo » Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:08 am

Trifly- what size are your flies? They look like 18 or maybe even smaller. Very impressive.
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Re: Three basic Soft Hackles that worked great for me last year!

Post by tie2fish » Mon Dec 24, 2018 6:55 am

jc ~ Your tying and photos look pretty darn good to me, especially for someone fairly new to the game. Glad you have joined the soft hackle brigade; John has many convert notches on his vise ;) .
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Re: Three basic Soft Hackles that worked great for me last year!

Post by ForumGhillie » Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:43 am

jcwillow, very nice.

Where do you fish in MI? I am just across the lake from you.

It makes me think we need a list of classic patterns with the alternative silk thread that matches the Pearsall Gossamer silk color from other silk companies.
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Re: Three basic Soft Hackles that worked great for me last year!

Post by Old Hat » Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:54 am

JC - Those are great ties and the photos equally nice. Thanks for sharing your story about your entrance into tying and fishing spiders. For the tricos you can try the Reid's Assassin (my favorite) or the pattern William's Favorite. Both are easy to tie small and work great for that hatch.

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It makes me think we need a list of classic patterns with the alternative silk thread that matches the Pearsall Gossamer silk color from other silk companies.
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I am working on that. Its already a bit costly as matching colors from a screen is frustrating. I have some Kimono100 and a box of Ephemera on the way.
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Re: Three basic Soft Hackles that worked great for me last year!

Post by Trifly » Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:12 am

letumgo wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:08 am
Trifly- what size are your flies? They look like 18 or maybe even smaller. Very impressive.
Size 24. Dai-riki 310 hook. Not too bright here. Tried to edit the post and messed it up. I too like the spiders JCwillow posted. Well done.
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