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    Default Re: soft hackles for brook trout? (not on swing)

    [QUOTE=bocast;529231]
    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
    "Whale oil beef hooked !"- Traditional east coast fishermen saying

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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.
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart

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    Default Re: soft hackles for brook trout? (not on swing)

    Quote Originally Posted by noreaster View Post
    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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