Re: Soft Hackle fly question
On your swing, try stopping your rod at various points along the path. Each stop will cause your soft hackle to rise just slightly; which often times stimulates a strike. You can see this, generally, if you compare the number of times that you get a strike at the very end of a swing vs. during the swing. At the end, you're doing the same thing; stopping the rod, causing the fly to rise in the water column and imitating a rising pupa.
Read Jim Leisenring's book; he was a master of swinging wets/soft hackles (the "Leisenring lift"). You'll also pick up a bunch of effective patterns that you don't see fished much anymore.