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Fly Days of August: Flashy Starling

August 5th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Here is a fun and easy pattern to tie. This works in smaller smaller sizes, down to 20, 22.  This one pictures is a size 18.
Flashy Starling

Hook: Standard Wet Fly hook, like Dai-Riki #070, size 16-22
Body: Several strands of peacock Krystal Flash
Rib: Small gold wire
Hackle: Starling body feathers

A small thorax would work on this pattern [...]

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Jungle Cock

February 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Jungle cock nails are a classic material used to tie classic flies, but can be very intimidating to work with.  Here are a few different ways to incorporate jungle cock into your flies.
There’s nothing like the real thing
Unless you are getting some TARP funds, that $250 jungle cock cape may be just beyond your financial [...]

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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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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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