Re: Nymphs v. Soft Hackles
Wet flies are supposed to resemble certain insects as they would look beneath the surface of the water. Fish will bite at wet fly fishing flies, thinking that they are drowned insects, aquatic insects, or larvae swimming to the surface to hatch. When using wet flies, you are not necessarily trying to imitate a particular insect or fish, etc. (whereas you are trying to do so when using dry flies or nymphs). Wet fly fishing flies are supposed to imitate insects in motion… they look like they are swimming to the surface or drowning, etc. You do not need perfect technique to fish with wet flies.
A nymph resembles an insect living under water. It can also resemble certain larvae. Some nymphs may have added weight to keep it underwater.