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Old 03-06-2015, 09:15 AM
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Default Black soft hackle?

I am looking to tie some little black soft hackles because I think they might work on the little stream im fishing for opener. Do you have any advice to dye partridge feathers black fairly quickly, or maybe I should just use a sharpie?
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Get a starling skin or a dyed hen neck. That's what I use anyway.
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I second the Starling have not used my starling ties yet "in the field" but some of the fibers have a dark/black color. I have to think....1) something black 2) something that undulates in the current = FISH ON !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-06-2015, 09:31 AM
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did you at least try the sharpie? results?

use black hackle

depending on how small, use black ostrich herl

use guard hairs in a slit thread or dubbing loop

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Default Re: Black soft hackle?

I use what ever gamebird hackle, of the right size, that I come up with first.
A little color contrast doesn’t hurt and you're not using enough to matter.
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Do you have any advice to dye partridge feathers black fairly quickly Joseph
the dying process on the sticky above is quick as far as active work, several hours total in soaking time & they are easier to tie when dry so you're looking at another days passive drying time or active work w a hair drier too, you'll likely have to wait for dye delivery if you cant get it locally though, if so dyed hen is readily available & more convenient.
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Default Re: Black soft hackle?

Here is one I tied the this past week. I used a crow covert feather for the soft hackle. The only thing that you need to focus on with using crow feathers is that you need to tie them in tip first to capture as many of the short fibers as you can for small size wet flies. Crow is very soft and the only thing it cost me was one 20 guage shotgun shell. It is the Leisering Black Gnat soft hackle.

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dc410, I can't see a picture ?? Is it just my computer ?
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Default Re: Black soft hackle?

I recently started using hen hackle. When the fly is the appropriate size (larger) I think I may prefer the hen over partridge. But partridge is just hard to beat when tying wet flies I would consider typical for trout in small water.
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dc410, I can't see a picture ?? Is it just my computer ?
Sorry. No. I don't think it is your computer. Sometimes I have problems downloading photos to the site. I will try to post up another photo of it.

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