|Olive Soft Hackle
Notes: Soft Hackles are an old pattern dating back to the 1700's. The pattern
is regaining favor within the Sierra Nevadas due to the effort of authors and proponents such as Sylvester Nemes and Dave Hughes.
Nemes wrote three books on the subject: The Soft Hackled Fly (1975), The Soft-Hackled Fly Addict (1981),
and Soft Hackled Fly Imitations (1991). Hughes recently reaquainted us with the Soft Hackle in his book
Wet Flies (1995). Soft Hackles are basically a floss or dubbed body with a soft, webby hackle of Partridge
or Grouse, or even Hen Saddle Hackle. They are meant to be fished subsurface, usually with a wet fly swing technique.
The fly is often considered to represent a mayfly or caddis emerger. The main focal point of the fly is the hackle,
which should be tied sparsely with the hackle fibers in a swept upright position. Often, many soft hackles bought
commercially are too heavily hackled and forcibly swept back with thread wraps. This actually negates many of the
positive features of the fly since it limits the hackle action during the swing. The hook, TMC 9300, is a standard
wet fly hook that is excellent within stillwaters. If you are fishing streams, you might consider switching to
the TMC 3769 which is twice as heavy.
|Baetis Soft Hackle
|Hare's Ear Soft Hackle
|Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle