Soft hackles

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Soft hackles

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This morning I tied a couple dozen soft-hackle wet flies, before the sad debacle in our nation's capitol, D.C. took place...

On the top of my list was a Partridge & Orange I use as a dropper some 6" below a dry fly for summer brook trout, on headwater Catskill streams....

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Also tied several Partridge & Peacock that served me well in 2020 as a dropper off a dry, when spring Iso's were about on the Esopus Creek...

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... and I have to shout to to Harry Murray from the Shenandoah region for his Mr. Rapidan Emerger, which has served me well on the Esopus in May when March Browns and caddis are popping off the river..

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Re: Soft hackles

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Nicely tied sir! The Partridge and Orange is a favorite.

Among older, classic patterns I have fond memories of the Breadcrust. Decades ago I fished some exasperating midge and microcaddis emergences on Maryland's Gunpowder Falls during late fall and winter. Some days they would gooble midges and ignore every imitation. A size 16 Breadcrust would be taken readily I discovered when drifted over them in the film.

I designed one a few years back that is nice when the fish are particularly contrary during a heavy Hendrickson hatch. I call it the drowned Hendrickson, and it has a wrapped dun CDC feather fronted by partridge, for a bit more bubbly flotation and movement. Try it if you like.
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Re: Soft hackles

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Caneghost wrote:
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:15 am
... I designed one a few years back that is nice when the fish are particularly contrary during a heavy Hendrickson hatch. I call it the drowned Hendrickson, and it has a wrapped dun CDC feather fronted by partridge, for a bit more bubbly flotation and movement.
Nice... :)

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Caneghost wrote:
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:15 am

I call it the drowned Hendrickson, and it has a wrapped dun CDC feather fronted by partridge, for a bit more bubbly flotation and movement.
I'll sometimes add a CDC feather to a Dark Hendrickson wet It's very effective.
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Do you tie your dark similarly or use CDC as a downwing? I have used it for down wings on wets before since it moves a lot when wet and can always be fished in the film with a bit of drying.
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Re: Soft hackles

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Similar to your light, but with a wood duck wing added.
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