I hope everybody had an enjoyable Christmas. Last night I had some time at the vise and took the opportunity to tie a few soft hackled flies. I primarily used two types of feathers, Starling and a Badger hen neck. Also used were threads of various colors, and some embroidery thread along with hares mask dubbing and two hook types.
I believe these flies will work at most times of the year and give a pretty good general representative impression of various insects.
This fly uses a dark hackle, with a #726 yellow embroidery thread body. A thorax of a mix of brown and ginger hares dubbing.
This fly has a body dubbed of a mix of hare and gray squirrel, the rib is embroidery thread and the hackle is badger.
This fly uses a hook with an upturned eye. Certain spider patterns look good tied on these hooks and I think this is one of them. The body is purple thread, with a dubbed thorax of natural hares mask and hackle of Starling.