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Soft Hackle – Lets start off with a demonstration

October 21st, 2008 · 5 Comments

Lets start the soft hackle class with a fly. Here is a demonstration of the Partridge and Yellow soft hackle, one of the most simple fly patterns you can tie. This uses just 2 materials, yellow silk and a partridge feather.

If you don’t have silk thread, use regular thread.  I like Ultra Thread, but any thread will do. This is when you want to use your thicker thread, like 6/0 or 3/0 (or 140 denier).  You can use the smaller thread, but be prepared for lots of winding.

Other colors work well also. Try green, orange, brown, olive, chartruese.

Get tying.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 winonaflyfactory // Oct 23, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    That video is great. I would love to video taping mine someday down the line. Two questions? 1st What conditions is this particular fly best fished? As a dry? Summer? Fall? As a dropper on a 2fly rig? 2nd Can the hackle be substituted with the various colors of a pheasant neck? Thanks for the good work and advice.


  • 2 winonaflyfactory // Oct 23, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Sorry, I should have read the write up about the soft hackle flies before I posted that comment but the 2nd question may still remain. Thanks

  • 3 WhiskeyCreek // Oct 23, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Hi WFF,

    Definitely, you can use pheasant neck for the hackles. Another good option is to use feathers from the wing.

  • 4 W.F.F. // Oct 24, 2008 at 6:58 am

    Excellent, thank you.

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