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rccola712 07-04-2013 07:57 PM

A Soft Hackle Kinda Day
 
For the better part of today I've been tying mostly soft hackle today. It's been way too rainy to be out on the river today but it was really nice to sit around listening to music and cranking a few flies out. I used my wife's camera so hopefully you can make out the details. As always, any constructive criticism is always appreciated!

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...16488894_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...83895007_n.jpg

http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...08515371_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...87927235_n.jpg

Then I tried a few with CDC to see what happens. Some of them wound up a little bulky but here's the best one.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...73795093_n.jpg

s fontinalis 07-04-2013 08:50 PM

Re: A Soft Hackle Kinda Day
 
look great, though i think the heads are a bit on the big side.

DO you tie the hackle in last?? I suspect so.

Try this

Start your thread on the hook, do a few wraps to secure the thread (jam knot), then tie in your hackle, on top of the shank, with the underside up (the hackle should curve up.
Secure the rest of the stem down along the hook shank, then tie the rest of your fly.

When it comes time to wrap the hackle, its already tied on!!
Just take your two or three wraps (for soft hackles, sometimes even one wrap of a half stripped feather is enough), then bring the thread through the hackle, tie off the end with a few wraps, and whip finish.
you have much smaller head, and a very secure hackle!

Eunan

jaybo41 07-04-2013 09:21 PM

Re: A Soft Hackle Kinda Day
 
Those are some great looking flies! I think you'll find they'll fish just fine. Thanks for taking the time to post them. I didn't always fish them, but over the past couple of years I've found myself fishing them more often. Eunan nailed my thoughts on improving your ties. Strip one side of the feather tie it in wrap back up and stick with 2-3 turns of hackle at most.

This video by Hans Weilenmann REALLY helped me improve my soft hackle technique. I've learned lots from his videos--thank you much Hans!


random user 07-25-2013 08:48 AM

Re: A Soft Hackle Kinda Day
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by s fontinalis (Post 569638)
look great, though i think the heads are a bit on the big side.

DO you tie the hackle in last?? I suspect so.

Try this

Start your thread on the hook, do a few wraps to secure the thread (jam knot), then tie in your hackle, on top of the shank, with the underside up (the hackle should curve up.
Secure the rest of the stem down along the hook shank, then tie the rest of your fly.

When it comes time to wrap the hackle, its already tied on!!
Just take your two or three wraps (for soft hackles, sometimes even one wrap of a half stripped feather is enough), then bring the thread through the hackle, tie off the end with a few wraps, and whip finish.
you have much smaller head, and a very secure hackle!

Eunan

That sounds like a cool little trick, especially for the tiny, space ones. Will have to try it. I tie and fish mostly soft hackles.

dean_mt 07-25-2013 10:01 AM

Re: A Soft Hackle Kinda Day
 
First, very nice looking flies, fish catchers for certain. I love tying and fishing soft hackles.

Eunan nailed it on the steps, and the video of Hans hammers it home so perfectly. That guy is the most amazingly efficient tyer I've ever seen. Awesome.


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