The North American Fly Fishing Forum


Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > General Fly Fishing Discussion > General Discussion

General Discussion General discussions regarding fly fishing as a whole. Ask questions. Get answers...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #21 (permalink)  
Old 12-24-2008, 11:08 PM
Greenwood's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bedford County, Penna. ....pretty rural
Posts: 349
Greenwood will become famous soon enoughGreenwood will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Nymphs v. Soft Hackles

Dave Hughes book is excellent!

I had a nice progression in reading which probably explains my commitment to soft hackles and wet flies. The first book I read, a few years ago, was a copy of "The Art of Tying The Wet Fly & Fishing the Flymph" by James Leisenring and Vernon Hidy - not a bad start! - the next book I picked up was "The Soft-Hackled Fly and Tiny Soft Hackles" by Sylvester Nemes. It was written several decades after the Leisenring/Hidy book and added greatly to what I learned in the first. Finally, I purchased Dave Hughes "Wet Flies", written about 20 years after the Nemes book. It tied together the first two and expanded on both in patterns and tying as well as fishing techniques. I've also used Allen McGees "Tying and Fishing Soft Hackle Nymphs". McGees book is great for opening up the door to new soft hackle patterns.

I enjoyed them all, but IF you can only get one, I would recommend Hughes "Wet Flies". It's comprehensive, up to date and pretty much covers everything you'll see in the first two.

A DVD I really enjoyed was by Oliver Edwards on fishing the wet fly (shipped from England but readily attainable online). It was filmed on the English chalk streams and Edwards fishes primarily with W.C. Stewarts spider patterns, in the upstream style. He also demonstrates tying several traditional soft hackle patterns. And now, of course, Joni has me yearning for the Davy Wooten video.

So see......even though wet flies and soft hackles may not get the press that dry flies and standard nymphs get, there's a lot of really good information out there! And seriously, if you tweak your presentation a little, you could darn well fish them all the time.
Reply With Quote
  #22 (permalink)  
Old 12-26-2008, 01:25 PM
BigCliff's Avatar
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: South Texas
Posts: 4,313
BigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant future
Default Re: Nymphs v. Soft Hackles

I'll jump in on this one, provided we set the due date far enough out. (baby cuts into tying time and all) I'll tie up the soft hackle I keep raving about and can't manage to get a good picture of.
__________________
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1276302_n.jpg

I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.
Reply With Quote
  #23 (permalink)  
Old 12-26-2008, 06:50 PM
Joni's Avatar  
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 4,576
Joni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Nymphs v. Soft Hackles

Holy smokes! Cliffie is joining a fly swap......wahoo!
Reply With Quote
  #24 (permalink)  
Old 12-28-2008, 11:01 AM
BigCliff's Avatar
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: South Texas
Posts: 4,313
BigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant futureBigCliff has a brilliant future
Default Re: Nymphs v. Soft Hackles

I did one a while back, but that's been quite a while i think.
__________________
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1276302_n.jpg

I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.
Reply With Quote
  #25 (permalink)  
Old 12-28-2008, 05:36 PM
Whizzer's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 41
Whizzer is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Nymphs v. Soft Hackles

i'll keep my eye put for the swap. would like to get in on it if there's room

steve
Reply With Quote
  #26 (permalink)  
Old 12-28-2008, 05:44 PM
Joni's Avatar  
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 4,576
Joni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond reputeJoni has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Nymphs v. Soft Hackles

John, everyone if foaming at the bit for this swap...can you start a sign-up thread now?
Reply With Quote
  #27 (permalink)  
Old 12-30-2008, 09:54 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 332
Red Owl has a spectacular aura aboutRed Owl has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Nymphs v. Soft Hackles

One last thought, most soft hackles don't have a tail so I sort of think of them as a caddis. If the hackle is sparse it sort of suggests legs, antennae, etc.
Reply With Quote
  #28 (permalink)  
Old 12-31-2008, 08:53 AM
jclampwork88's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 384
jclampwork88 will become famous soon enoughjclampwork88 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Nymphs v. Soft Hackles

I will start a sign up thread for the swap.

John
Reply With Quote
  #29 (permalink)  
Old 12-31-2008, 08:55 AM
jclampwork88's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 384
jclampwork88 will become famous soon enoughjclampwork88 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Nymphs v. Soft Hackles

Cliff, I understand about the lack of time due to a baby. We had one in June. How long would you need to tie for the swap?


John
Reply With Quote
  #30 (permalink)  
Old 01-01-2009, 03:01 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 53
Douglas Wesson is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Nymphs v. Soft Hackles

Soft hackles are probably my favorite b/c in my mind they are the most versatile. As others have said you can fish them as a nymph, emeger or even put on a little floatant on them and fish them just below the surface. Don't ever be afraid of trying something new or experimenting, thats how I came across a little floatant on a wet fly.
My usual routine is to do a dead drift as far as I can and then let the fly come up and swing. Just like grease line for steelhead, at the end of the swing let the fly stay there for a little bit. The tough part here, well at least for me, is to get a good hook up with a dead down river stike.

Enjoy the process and tight lines
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Winter Streamer Fly Swap Gallery jclampwork88 Fly Swap 1 04-15-2009 11:46 AM
TFO fly reels? brokeONE Fly Reels 1 01-10-2009 04:03 PM
Fishing for Titusville redfish (The Palm Beach Post) Fish Bones The Daily Papers 0 05-28-2008 06:10 PM
Last Natives of Pinemeadow Brook Midgeaholic General Discussion 2 11-16-2007 08:35 AM
"Amateur Maneuver" Stan Wright Saltwater Fly Fishing 2 06-08-2006 12:18 PM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:23 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.