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Go to pattern – Starling and herl

October 12th, 2008 · 1 Comment

On a recent trip to Yellowstone, I caught more fish with a soft hackle than any other pattern. The most successful of the soft hackles was any that had a peacock herl body, and appropriately sized soft hackle. Here is an example, the Starling and Herl.

  • Hook: (use any standard dry or wet fly hook)
  • Add a bead if you want
  • Thread: black 6/0 or 8/0
  • Rib: small copper wire, I often use red
  • Hackle: Starling body feathers

Fish these like any soft hackle, on the swing or as a nymph.

Tags: Fly Tying

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  • 1 W.F.F. // Oct 14, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving some information. If you don’t mind I would like to link your site. I enjoy a variety of resources in which to read and to (more importantly) learn. Thanks again.

    the W.F.F.

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