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Thread: Nymphs v. Soft Hackles

  1. #21
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    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.

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    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.

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    Holy smokes! Cliffie is joining a fly swap......wahoo!

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    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.

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

    steve

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    John, everyone if foaming at the bit for this swap...can you start a sign-up thread now?

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    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.

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    I will start a sign up thread for the swap.

    John

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    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

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    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

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