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Craftstore Soft Hackle

tied by chemprof2001
Fly Type: Nymphs,
Target Species: Panfish,
Recommended Region: Southeast US,
Material List:
Hook: #10 Aberdeen
Tail: Piece cut from the center of pheasant plumage
Rib: 28 gauge copper wire
Body: peacock herl
Hackle: Guinea plumage feather
Thread: Olive/ 6/0
Tying Instructions: Attach the thread to the hook and wind to bend of hook. Tie in piece cut from the center of a pheasant plumage feather so it has a black tip to form the tail. Tie in the copper rib, securing it with thread wraps. I often tie in the wire the expected length of the body, for just a little bit extra weight. Return the thread to the bend of the hook and tie in 4-6 strands of peacock herl. Wind the strands of peacock herl around the thread to make a chenille and wrap forward to form the body, stop leaving plenty of room for the hackle and head. Now wrap the copper rib forward tie it off and trim any excess wire. Take a guinea plumage feather and pull the fibers downward from the tip to fan out and spread the hackle fibers. Tie the feather in by the tip and wrap until the desired look is accomplished (I find this varies al ot with the particular feather. Make a neat thread head, and whip finish. Add head cement to the head if desired
Presentation Tips: This fly is essentially just a simple soft hackle of flymph. It's only real claim to any fame, besides being very effective for panfish, is that you can walk into just about any craftsore in America, and walk out with exactly the materials you need to tie the fly (except for the hooks) for probably $6-$10 (depending on what else you see).

Mark Delaney

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