Re: Soft Hackle fly question
I rarely set up a nymph rig without a soft-hackle in there somewhere. We catch fish in all 3 phases of the drift (initial, middle, swing), although the swing stage picks up a few more fish than the other stages.
I am trying to mimic mayfly nymphs/ emergers and caddis pupa among other bugs and stages. Before and during a caddis hatch a soft hackled pheasant tail dead drifted under an indicator is stellar in all phases of the drift, but especially as the pupa turns and begins to rise thru the columns.