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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The "Soft Hackle Sulphur"
In a previous post Bill Trussell, "Fishing Through Life" blog inquired about soft hackle flies. In the post I was talking of fishing a sulphur soft hackle, and the success I had with it on that day.
So here I'll tell of the simple materials needed, and I might add inexpensive too. The hardest part of the fly is winding the hackle. That is something that can be overcome in short time with practice.
Above are the hooks I use to tie these flies. There is no order of preference and all work just fine. The first hook is a Mustad 94842, it has an upturned eye. The second hook is a Mustad 9641. This hook is made of a slightly heavie wire and sinks faster. The third hook is a Mustad C53S long curved hook. Its shape gives the look of an emerger.
These are the threads I use, Veevus 10/0. This thread is a thinner and stronger thread. I use various colors. Also used is French Oval tinsel for the rib. The rib adds a little flash as well as protecting the dubbed body of the fly.
For dubbing I use natural opossum fur, as well as synthetic dubbing. I find that the synthetic dubbing is easier to work with then the natural, but the natural gives the fly a spiky natural look.
On some of the soft hackles I'll tie in a bit of this material. It gives this nice UV shine to the fly. I tie in a strand near the head before I tie on the hackle.
This is the hackle. It's a hen back and it has the perfect hackles for these flies. All of the feathers are usable, and the cost is very low.
These are the completed flies tied on the hooks I told you of at the top of this post. The middle fly is tied with the UV ice dub and a fiber can be seen. This shows up well in the water and trout will key in on it.
I hope this helps, and gets you to fish these types of flies. They are very effective.