Originally Posted by txbevo
What is the difference between nymphs v. soft hackles? Is it just the materials they are tied with or is it the way they are fished or a combination of both?
You CAN fish a soft hackle as a nymph. OR a wet or even a dry. All depends on what water column. I have fished soft hackles on the bottom to represent a scud, the middle of the river or stillwater as an emerger, or right on top for a dry.
I tie LARGE softhackles and fished as bait fish or leeches.
The nice thing about SOFTHACKLES is then have allot of movement.
They are included with the wet flies like the Royal Wulff, the Hornberg. basically like Old Man stated, a fly trying to get to the surface.
I think there is more ways to fish a SOFTHACKLE where as a nymph, just bouncing around on the bottom. I love them cause they are definitely a multi tasking fly.
You can use a dry line, dry line with a little weight or a sinking line...they just work!
But, I do think it is all bout the movement.