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Pattern Soft Hackle *
Soft Hackle *
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Category Nymphs
Entered Thu, 20 Dec 2007
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Hook: TMC 760 TC #12-16 or hook and size of your choice>>>>>>>> Thread: I used 10/0 black here, although, nearly any small thread will work fine>>>>>>>Tag: Silver Mylar Tinsel>>>>>>>>Abdomen: Silk Floss (although there is no reason that rayon floss wouldn't do the job here)>>>>Thorax: Gray Beaver Dubbing>>>>>>Hackle: Hungarian Partridge Body Feather
Pattern Description
Traditional soft hackled flies have experienced a resurgence over the past few years here in the West. Syl Nemes is a name that comes to mind when the subject is brought up, and his pattern books are must read material for tyers interested in these effective flies. In this tutorial, I will (attempt) to explain how to tie a small soft hackle fly, using Hungarian Partridge feathers for hackle. Traditional tying techniques tend to preclude these feathers from use on smaller patterns, as the feathers are relatively large. Tying the feather in as I will show here allows you to tie soft hackles in very small sizes, without depending on the natural size of the feather to determine the hackle size. I should mention that the fly I'll present here is just one of a variety of options when it comes to Soft Hackles. You can certainly tie them without the tinsel tags, and even skipp the dubbed thorax, and still have an effective fly. Some tyers prefer super sparsely *wrapped* hackle, while others like a bit more...purely up to you and perhaps, the waters you intend to fish. At any rate, try this technique out and see if it doesn't alleviate the small soft hackle issue for you too. Charlie