Soft Hackle swap

Discussion in 'Fly Swaps' started by zen leecher aka bill w, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Calvin1

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    I apologize everyone. My wife took my flies to the post office this morning and I hadn't toe tagged them yet. You can't miss them however, they're Olive Willies with a wing of red rabbit as William Servey taught me how to tie it in Swede's about 10 or 12 years ago. Hope that's not too low brow. I was going to do a size 20 black soft hackle, and though a great fly, it seemed too easy.
     
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  2. Brad Niemeyer

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    That fly is just about perfect. Bravo!
     
  3. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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    Damn. That hurts man.
     
  4. Calvin1

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    Chad,

    Know that my post came before yours and in no way was directed at anyone. I personally would have preferred the 20 black to the fly that I ended up tying. Just goes to show, we should always trust our first instinct!
     
  5. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Chad, a #20 black soft hackle is relatively easy if a person has good eyes and has done a number of the little soft hackles. If they haven't it's a real bitch to place the wraps side by side and it also takes an "eye" for the proper hackle selection.

    I have a few #18 soft hackles in my fly box and I think they look elegant.

    I have a lamp with a magnifying glass attachment that I use for my precision work. Otherwise that would be in the area of "a real bitch" for me.

    Added on edit: I have a few soft hackles Sylvester Nemes tied and they appear to be "simple" #16 flies (but elegant). I wouldn't trade them for anything.
     
  6. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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    Calvin1, don't worry about it. I posted that more for humor than anything else. I just thought that it was funny because I was thinking the same thing after I finished tying the flies! I even considered adding another set of flies, but I procrastinated and ran out of time.

    The fly I tied is on a short curved size 18 hook, 2x strong. The body is black thread and the hackle is starling. I really like starling for black flies because of the natural green sheen the feathers have. Fish seem to like it fine too. I don't know if they look elegant, but I did work to make them as well as I could. The hard part isn't winding on the hackle, but not breaking the hackle. Even with a good pair of eyes and steady hands, those super thin quills are easy to break. I'll be looking for another starling skin after tying these.......

    My favorite way to fish this fly is to tie it onto the bend of a heavier fly. I'll usually tie on a Copper John for a little weight, then drop the black soft hackle off the CJ. I'll cast quartering upstream and let them drift a little to sink. Then I'll do a short, quick strip. If a fish is interested I always get a take right after the strip, and it's almost always on the black fly. Strikes seem to be pretty hard too. I used to tie them on dry hooks, but bigger fish would bend the hook on the take and hook set. Damn Rocky Ford trout..... I hate that place and it's huge fish.
     
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  7. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    [quote="Chad Lewis, post: 806508, member: 7765"

    My favorite way to fish this fly is to tie it onto the bend of a heavier fly. I'll usually tie on a Copper John for a little weight, then drop the black soft hackle off the CJ. I'll cast quartering upstream and let them drift a little to sink. Then I'll do a short, quick strip. If a fish is interested I always get a take right after the strip, and it's almost always on the black fly. Strikes seem to be pretty hard too. [/quote]

    Interesting you do the quick strip to interest the fish. What with the soft hackle swap (and a series of PM's with Ron Eagle Elk) I'm re-reading my soft hackle books and Nemes notes in one of his later ones that a small line strip just above a fish would usually entice a strike.

    If I remember I will enclose an extra starling skin with your flies. I cannot vouch for it's quality but it looks as good as a store-bought starling skin.
     
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  8. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    All flies are in. I will separate them out and get them back in the mail by Wednesday. I thought I was a good tyer until I saw the flies that arrived. Maybe I'm just in with a swap with a group of excellent tyers.
     
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  9. Rob Ast

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    Chad, I also like starlIng for small black flies but agree. That are a pain to wrap. Try tying the same fly but with peacock herl for the body- I find it a killer.
     
  10. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I just finished taking photos of all the swap soft hackles and will post them later this evening once I get back from tax work.
     
  11. Ron Eagle Elk

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    Bill,

    Thanks for hosting this swap. Looking forward to seeing the flies as they sit for their portraits.

    The great thing about soft hackle wet flies..there really isn't a wrong way to fish them. What technique works on one piece of water may not work as well on another. Best to have a series of fishing methods in your quiver.

    REE
     
  12. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Revised post to delete fly pictures as they now reside in the Gallery under 2013 Soft Hackle Swap
     

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  13. Patrick Gould

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    I must have lost focus when I tied mine
     
  14. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    maybe your tie was "impressionistic" or I didn't use a tripod?
     
  15. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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