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Old 02-21-2013, 04:02 AM
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Default Re: soft hackles for brook trout? (not on swing)

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btw, that is a great looking fly, noreaster. What are the tag and main body materials? What hook sizes do you prefer?[/QUOTE/]

Tag is red Uni Yarn
Rib is silver wire
Body is peacock herl
Hackle is junglecock

Hooks can be #8 to #18 I prefer 10's 12's 14's and 16's
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Default Re: soft hackles for brook trout? (not on swing)

The brook across the street from my house is quite narrow in places... 5-6 feet across maybe but deep. Choked with brush on both sides and lots of sweepers.
Traditional up stream fly casting only works on the larger pools. It's just the kind of place most people would avoid.
Some spots are only fishable by sticking your rod tip underwater and letting the fly slip downstream with the current.
A fly with lots of action (like a soft hackle or a woolybugger) is the best way to attract attention.
Do this and you're guaranteed a hit..... maybe not a hook up, but at least a tug.
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Tag is red Uni Yarn
Rib is silver wire
Body is peacock herl
Hackle is junglecock

Hooks can be #8 to #18 I prefer 10's 12's 14's and 16's
Thanks for the pattern details!
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I catch many Brookies on a hair's ear soft hackle with a brass bead shoulder. Dead drift, swing, whatever—they work.
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