Category Archives: Soft Hackles

Da Midge – Willy Self

NOTE: I’m confessing to becoming a Willy Self fan. Willy is a guide in Montana and runs Willy’s Trout World. I watch a lot of fly tying videos and I love it when The Weekly Fly has Willy Self tying one of his flies. He comes up with some quick ties and great flies!
-Paul

Hook : Size 16 #075 Dai-riki
Thread : Black 70 denier fly master plus
Tail : Pearl Krystal flash
Body : Thread
Rib : Small Silver Wire
Thorax : Black dubbing
Hackle : Black soft hackle
Over Wing : Krinkle Mirror Flash
Head : Thread

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CDC Tickler

From Kast Gear, “The CDC Tickler is a great attractor nymph that the fish can’t seem to get enough of. We have fished it all of the country with a ton of success. This is one of those patterns you need in your fly box!”

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FrankenDub creations

I’ve recently released FrankenDub and I’m starting to see several fly tiers put together some really cool flies using it. I’ve thrown in a couple of my photos too. If you are interested in the newest in dubbing, check out the FrankenDub page for more details. Thank you for reading!

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Carey Special – Philip Rowley

Phil says, “Traditional patterns are not often seen in today’s fly boxes with new designs and materials seeming to take their place. The Carey Special is one pattern design I always have with me. Its suggestive nature and animated hackle have proved its worth on more than one occasion. I recommend always having a few size and color variations on hand.”

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Flies Around the Net – December 2015

I’m a little late posting Flies Around the Net, but better late than never I guess. The holidays were a little hectic, so I apologize for the late post. I hope you enjoy!

Curtis Fry

tied by Curtis Fry

tied by David Hise

tied by David Hise

tied by Mark Angus

tied by Mark Angus

tied by Gunnar Brammer

tied by Gunnar Brammer

tied by Looper Flies

tied by Looper Flies

tied by Matt Rowland

tied by Matt Rowland

tied by Allan Kuhlmann

tied by Allan Kuhlmann

tied by Jonathan Kiley

tied by Jonathan Kiley

tied by Miroslaw Senderski

tied by Miroslaw Senderski

tied by Matt Ebbers

tied by Matt Ebbers

tied by Michael Schmidt

tied by Michael Schmidt

tied by Steve Silverio

tied by Steve Silverio

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Paul Slaney – take 2

Back in March I highlighted the fly tying of Paul Slaney. Well, I wanted to post an update on some flies Paul has been tying, because he has been on fire! Check out his stuff below.

Royal Wulff

Royal Wulff

Picnic Herl Bugs

Picnic Herl Bugs

Imperial

Imperial

indicator dry

indicator dry

Fox n Orange jig

Fox n Orange jig

variant

Humpy

Humpy

soft hackles

soft hackles

Olive Quills

Olive Quills

Cree Adams

Cree Adams

nymphs

blue

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Olive-Gray Duster – Ray Tucker

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Ray Tucker recently tied up some interesting wet flies he calls Olive-Gray Dusters. They are a type of Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle Nymph. See below for the materials list and more information from Ray.

Materials list:
Hook – Mustad 3906 Heavy Wet Fly Hook/Size 8 and 10 (debarb/optional)
Body – UNI-Yarn (Insect Green)
Tag/Rib – Ultra Wire (Gold/Small)
Thread – 8/0 UNI-Thread (Camel)
Tail/Dorsal Strip/Wing Case – Pheasant Tail Fibers (Natural)
Hackle – Hungarian Partridge (Natural)
Thorax – Ostrich Herl from a Feather duster (Natural Gray/Dun)
Head – Double 3-turn whip finish using the tying thread

Materials are listed in the order they are tyed onto the hook. Quite a few materials, but once you get the hang of tying them, they go fairly quickly.
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These could easily be tyed in a range of colors, by switching out the yarn and/or the herl color. Give them a try. Hopefully they are as fun to fish, as they are to tie. 😀

Note on hook choice: I chose the Mustad 3906 because it is a nice heavy nymph hook. The 3906B would also be a good choice, if you want a longer bodied nymph. When designing how the fly behaves in the water, I want to be able to fish this fly deeply for steelhead. I wanted a durable hook which would sink quickly (thus the narrow body profile). If I was clever, I’d find a way to underweight the thorax area with the ribbing wire, but when I tried it had ended up with a little more bulk than I wanted. I’m sure I can figure something out. I just need to play around more with a few ideas. All part of the fun.

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Flies Around the Net – September

Cockatoo tied by Dave Carne

Cockatoo tied by Dave Carne

Snowshoe Cream Flymph tied by WIlliam Anderson

Snowshoe Cream Flymph tied by WIlliam Anderson

Freestyle Emerger tied by Holger Lachmann

Freestyle Emerger tied by Holger Lachmann

Tied by Greg Senyo

Tied by Greg Senyo

Pink Lady tied by William Ensiferum

Pink Lady tied by William Ensiferum

LoughArrow Muddler Mayfly tied by Paul Caslin

LoughArrow Muddler Mayfly tied by Paul Caslin

tied by Derek Hathazy

tied by Derek Hathazy

tied by Robert Strahl

tied by Robert Strahl

Double Baitfish tied by Carlos Lara

Double Baitfish tied by Carlos Lara

Fifty Degrees tied by Miroslaw Senderski

Fifty Degrees tied by Miroslaw Senderski

tied by Gunnar Brammer

tied by Gunnar Brammer

tied by Jeff Dickey

tied by Jeff Dickey

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Shakey Bealy Isonychia – Bill Shuck

Shakey Bealy - Iso Variation - tied by Bill Shuck

Shakey Bealy – Iso Variation – tied by Bill Shuck

Bill Shuck posted about this on the Flymph Forum and I thought it was an interesting pattern that makes a very cool fly! See Bill’s thoughts below. – Paul

Bill said, “Came across the basic pattern for this in a video on Matt Grobert’s blog and then, after watching another version being tied by someone else, came up with the below for use as an eastern Isonychia (slate drake). The original Shakey Bealy was a pattern tied by Nick Nicklas, late of Blue Ribbon Flies.”

Hook: Daiichi 1270 or similar, Size #12
Thread: Uni 6/0 brown
Tag/undercollar: Rainbow pearl Krystal Flash
Tail: Wood duck flank
Rib: Brown D-rib
Abdomen: Any Iso color dubbing
Thorax: Grey ostrich herl
Hackle: Grizzly hen cape

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Flies Around the Net – 3-24-2015

Olive Pupa - Petr Kaleta

Olive Pupa – Petr Kaleta

Jumpin Jack Flash - Matt Grajewski

Jumpin Jack Flash – Matt Grajewski

tied by Kim Mäki

tied by Kim Mäki

tied by Aileen Lane

tied by Aileen Lane

tied by J & M Flies

tied by J & M Flies

tied by Piotr Chybiło

tied by Piotr Chybiło

tied by Steve Yewchuck

tied by Steve Yewchuck

Mosquito size 20 - William Ensiferum

Mosquito size 20 – William Ensiferum

tied by Gunnar Brammer

tied by Gunnar Brammer

Trailer Flash - Nick Granato

Trailer Flash – Nick Granato

tied by Paul J. Beel

tied by Paul J. Beel

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