Re: Nymphs v. Soft Hackles
I agree John :-)
I want to say, that although a traditional wet fly, they are a very versatile fly. Don't limit yourself.
Get "SLY NEMES - The Soft-Hackle Fly and Tiny Soft Hackles" great read.
To me, there is generally the PUPA/CHIRONOMID stage, then the NYMPH, then the EMERGER, then DRY, and the Spinner.
I don't consider pupa/chironomid a nymph, but that is me.
But, I will fish a WD40 or a Zebra on the bottom or mid or even Frog Fanny bubble on top with GREAT success.
I say try different things with flies.
In my Denny Rickards fishing Stillwater book, they put softhacle on Pheasant Tails, on Hares ears....and there is the AP.....which all I am saying is softhackle are NOT just floss and Partridge.....they can be many thing.
My favorite streamer is Gartsides Marabou Soft-Hackle on a #4 hook.