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Pheasant for soft hackles

October 26th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Winona Fly Factory asked some great questions about using Pheasant feathers for soft hackles. I don’t have a lot of experience with using pheasant for hackling, I forgot there are other parts of the bird besides the tails.
Here are 3 soft hackle flies tied with body feathers of the pheasant. I don’t have any pheasant [...]

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Soft Hackle Materials

October 25th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Lets start with the hackles, where these fly patterns get their name. Most soft hackles are tied with game bird skins, like partridge, pheasant, quail, or starling. The individual fibers of these feathers are much more flexible and “bendy” than rooster hackles. This allows the soft hackles to move while being fish.  Many believe the [...]

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