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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
A Caddis, Hemingway And Brown Feathers
Woodcock and Grouse are both excellent feathers to use for soft-hackle flies. While both look similar they are indeed different. The woodcock feather has a light brown color with darker highlights. The feathers are well mottled and their movement in the water is equal to partridge.
The grouse of which there are many including the ruffed grouse, spruce grouse, sharptail grouse etc. The wing here is a red grouse. It's feathers are a dark rich brown with highlights of a chestnut brown. Some of the feathers also possess a reddish tint. These are great feathers to work with, most do not break when winding.
A few flies tied with both woodcock and grouse.
An emerging caddis. A lively soft-hackle. This one is tied on a large hook. Caddis flies are some of the best flies to fish at any stage. I love them for small stream fishing.
This is the hook the caddis is tied on. It's brand name is Hemingway...a semi curved straight eye. It has a black nickel finish.