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Ostrich Soft Hackle tied by Old HatFly Type: Wet
, Target Species: Trout
, Recommended Region: Northwest US
, Imitation: Mayflies
, Material List:
Hook: Wet or nymph hook
Tail: natural ostrich herl tips (any color or combination)
Body: ostrich herl and thread twisted
Hackle: Partridge dyed brown (any soft hackle)Tying Instructions:
This is more of a pattern type than a specific pattern. I use this pattern to represent a lot of insects. Changing the hook style and body color with different hackles can mimic a lot of food. Most commonly, I use the pattern shown for small mayflies and it works especially good of stillwater callibeatis. One of the best damsel nymph imitations is 2/1 mix of green/brown ostrich herl and a partridge hackle with a Krystal flash rib. A 2/1 mix of yellow/natural is a great PMD. Try stopping the herl rope at the back of the thorax and then just wrapping the darker herl through the thorax for a wing case effect.
I tie in the hackle over the eye first. Move to the rear of the hook and tie in at least 3 ostrich herls with the tips extending back about shank length. Slightly twist the remaining herl with thread and wrap forward to front of thorax area. Wrap the hackle back, tie down, and move to eye for the whip finish.Presentation Tips:
Short slow twitches for still or slow water. Dead drift in moving water.