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.