Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Soft-Hackles And Spiders

Pattern #1, pheasant tippet tail, marabou wing, and one has partridge hackle the other has pheasant
I have been putting in a little "vise" time in between fishing outings. The flies presented here have been stream tested and for the most part have been welcomed by those who have seen them. For the most part the flies are soft-hackle, spider patterns and some have the look of dry flies and can be used for both dry and wet applications.



Pattern #2 Tail of Coq de Leon, thread body, natural mole thorax, and dun hackle.


Pattern #3 Thread body, hare thorax and three to four turns of pheasant.


Pattern #4 Orange thread body, squirrel thorax, and many turns of pheasant hackle. This fly is tied with a full hackle.


Pattern #5 this is a delicate looking fly. It is tied with a coq de leon tail, a thread body, natural mole thorax, and golden badger hackle. A fly that will fish well as "skater"








26 comments:

  1. Alan
    The flies you tie are just gorgeous. There is nothing else to say!!! Very Nice!!

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    1. TROUT1
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      Pete they are pretty, and they work very well. I poked a few somewhat larger brookies yesterday with them.

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  2. Can't see how those wouldn't work.

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    1. Kevin Frank
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      Kevin man do they get attention.

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  3. Great looking flies! I tie my soft-hackles and spiders with a somewhat sparser hackle - do you notice a difference with the heavier hackle?

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    1. NJpatbee
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      Pat I tie most of my spiders with 2 turns of hackle. The soft-hackles, flymphs I will tie with 2-4 turns of hackle.
      Now this is not a hard fact, just generalizations.
      In rough-fast water a larger fly with fuller hackle may have an advantage over a sparse fly. Fishing calmer waters you can't top a sparse spider.
      This is my honest opinion.

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  4. A joy to see and they must be an absolute joy to use. Rare skill and a privilege to see it. John

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    1. The Two Terriers
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      John they are truly a pleasure to tie, the results are not to bad either.

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  5. Alan, they say their are flies that catch fish and then their are flies that catch fishermen. Your soft hackles are definitely that do both. The featherwings at the bottom I know will catch fish but I think they catch more fishermen. Both are outstanding, I truly enjoy when you are in a tieing mode. The skaters are really nice.

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    1. Brad Basehore
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      Brad you have been fishing long enough to know that a trout will let you know what it likes. And then as a fly tyer you know what you like as you place a hook in you vise, Ain't this thing we have great.

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  6. Oh man....pattern #1 caught my attention immediately. Nice job Alan.

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    1. Ralph Long
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      Ralph it caught a few brookies eyes also.

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  7. Great looking flies Alan..I really like pattern #5 but they all are appealing..

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    1. penbayman
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      Mike pattern 5 and 2 are my favorites.
      Lets see what the trout say.

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  8. Alan,
    What an amazing set of flies! Every one a gem! Just when I think you have reached your pinnacle, you eclipse it! The streamers in the photo below are amazing as well! My jaw is on the floor right now!
    Dougsden

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    1. Dougsden
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      Doug those steamers got together for a feature I did a few years ago. Those little flies have been doing a fine job with the local trout.

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  9. I'm not sure why, but turned up eyed hooks always have a special appeal to me. Do you consider pattern #5 a soft hackle? Looks more like an Ed Hewitt "skater" variant. Be safe Alan.

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    1. John Dornik
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      John I like the that hook, I should say I like how a fly tied on it presents itself.
      The badger hackle is from a rooster saddle. It has a stiffer feel then hen saddles but not the rooster cape stiffness. It fishes well as a skater and a wet fly.

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  10. brk trt-
    I have a bunch of pheasant tail feathers that i am looking to give to someone who ties. free in exchange for a couple of flys.
    please let ct angler know too- if he is interested or needs feathers- great blog.
    thanks

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    1. Anonymous
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      I'm pretty well set as far as tails go. Maybe Rowan might be interested.

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  11. Alan
    A little floatant on the pheasant tail would make it a killer dry fly, and as always the soft hackles are always reliable. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill that fly looks great when skated across the surface of a quiet pool.

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  12. Alan you are a Master of the tied as I always say...

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    1. Armando Milosevic
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      Armando I appreciate your comment...thank you.

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