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Soft Hackle Question

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I tie and fish a lot of soft hackles - partridge & yellow, partridge & green, partridge & yellow, gold ribbed hares hears, etc. I thought recently that an iridescent glass bead behind the soft hackle (where you tie a small thorax normally) might serve as the "bubble" that is represented in an emerger pattern. Have any of you tied one like that? I might tie up a few and see how they fish this weekend on the Gunpowder. Thoughts, comments, opinions?

Posted on: 2013/5/29 22:06


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Hareline Ice Dub, no extra weight.

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you will never know if they work if you never try one

the weight of a glass bead would be virtually insignificant

examples

https://www.google.com/search?q=soft+h ... oQ_AUoAQ&biw=1250&bih=613

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Couldn't hurt to try it one things for sure you'll never know if you don't. When ideas "pop" into your head I think it's a good idea to follow through with those thoughts and see what happens. When you try it "if" it doesn't work keep a hold of it and try it at different times through the season before dumping it for a bad idea.

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nfrechet wrote:
you will never know if they work if you never try one

the weight of a glass bead would be virtually insignificant

examples

https://www.google.com/search?q=soft+h ... oQ_AUoAQ&biw=1250&bih=613


Thanks for the link - I didn't even get as far as googling it yet. Judging from that blog, it works.

gfen, I have ice dub, and I'll give that a shot too.

Posted on: 2013/5/30 6:58


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BelAirSteve wrote:
....an iridescent glass bead behind the soft hackle (where you tie a small thorax normally) might serve as the "bubble" that is represented in an emerger pattern. Thoughts, comments, opinions?


It's a good idea and, as others have mentioned, experimenting with fly design is good stuff.

With that said, don't use a bead too large. The further back on the shank the bead is placed, the more it tends to close off the bite of the hook and reduce hooking effectiveness. Personally, if it were me, I'd tie the bead to the top of the shank with a tight mono loop rather than actually putting the bead on the shank. This will allow you to use a smaller bead and keep it out of the hook bite. I have been attaching small beads meant to represent egg sacs on my scuds this way for years and it has worked well for me.

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Gfen uses ice dub ???
that's new school !!

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Just because I own it does not mean I use it; however the pearl is some pretty fancy stuff.

I also own a bag of the "peacock," and fwiw, I'd rahter just use real peacock.

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Ice Dub Peacock > Natural Peacock (sometimes)

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I have used ice dub before - I tie pheasant tail flashbacks with it. My observation is that what ice dub calls peacock is way too light - what they call "black peacock" is closer to natural. Good stuff either way.

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Wow! Gfen using plastic dubbing. Soon plastic rods and plastic reels with plastic line. Sold out...big time.

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Easy now... don't rush him.

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Wow! Gfen using plastic dubbing. Soon plastic rods and plastic reels with plastic line. Sold out...big time.


If you will provide me with a 8.5' 5wt superfine for 80% off list, I will gladly attempt to add one more of those to my list.

Believe it or not, but I swear by poly yarn, too.

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Re: Soft Hackle Question

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bead thorax SH's are tried and true.

not my cup of tea,but some people swear by them!

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