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Fly Days of August: The Renegade

August 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Speaking of Idaho, the Renegade is an attractor dry fly that is very popular out there.
The Renegade

Hook: Dry fly, sizes 12 to 20
Tag: (optional) Gold Krystal Flash
Rear Hackle: Brown Dry Fly hackle
Body: Peacock (spun in dubbing loop for durability)
Front Hackle: White Dry Fly hackle

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Pursuing Peacock Perfection

December 30th, 2008 · 6 Comments

I did some playing around with peacock herl last night. Here are the results. The pictures show 3 strands of herl tied in a bare hook ( I started by tying soft hackle, but for picture clarity cut off the hackle on a couple.
Best overall looking method
Use peacock herl from close to the eye. Tie [...]

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Soft Hackle Demonstration – Starling and Herl

October 31st, 2008 · 2 Comments

The starling and herl soft hackle fly pattern is one of my favorites. For fly fishing with soft hackles, my favorites usually involve peacock herl of some sort.
The starling feathers are usually small, and work well on flies size 14 and smaller. Other feathers may be substituted like partridge, hen, and quail.
Peacock herl is fragile, [...]

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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 [...]

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