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Soft hackles

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When fishing soft hackles what kind of rigs do you use? Single fly or multiple? Split shot?

Posted on: 5/13 16:14
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Re: Soft hackles

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Single. I just feel as though more than one is just unfair!

Unless I fish for perch. Double rig them guys all day long.

Posted on: 5/13 16:36
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Re: Soft hackles

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If I am using a sort hackle fly I will normally drop a bead head from it, about 10 to 14 inches

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I go both ways. I will use a larger nymph as the leading fly and trail with a smaller soft hackle.

I also use a soft hackle as the leading fly and use a small nymph as the trailing fly. I love WD40's or RS2's as the trailing fly.

Posted on: 5/13 18:33


Re: Soft hackles

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Traditionally soft hackles have been fished in 2s and 3s but there isn't a wrong way to fish them.

Posted on: 5/14 6:12


Re: Soft hackles

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Dear Kelso,

I usually use 2 or more soft hackles. Most times I have a nymph as the point fly. The nymph is usually a beadhead nymph of some variety so that the rig has a little weight to it.

If more weight is needed I will add very small split shot or a few turns of Twist-On lead strip.

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Posted on: 5/14 6:16
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Re: Soft hackles

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I usually use 2 flies. 1- dark and one light. For example if there are sulphurs and small dark caddis around. I would use a partridge and yellow or some other sulphur type wet fly as the point and a size 16 Mothers day caddis. A deadly combo. It is not for trying to catch 2 fish at once. But to see which are more active. If I am only catching fish on one of them I sometimes switch to just one fly. I will add a bit of wt. if needed. Depends on water depth and speed.

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Posted on: 5/14 7:14
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Re: Soft hackles

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Two flies (the max in Maryland). I'm more likely to add floatant to the top fly than I am to use shot, although I sometimes do that, too.

Posted on: 5/14 7:24


Re: Soft hackles

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2 to 3 flies with dropper loops, sometimes with a weighted nymph as the point fly. I use a 8' Fenwick 6wt rod for a lot of my wet fly fishing, I think the softer rod just works good swinging flies.

Posted on: 5/14 8:27
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Re: Soft hackles

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When I am searching I will use 2 flies, usually a bead head and an unweighted soft hackle about 12 inches down from that. During the evening rise I will use 1 fly, that's all that is needed.

Posted on: 5/14 8:56
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Beeber, so you tie the beadhead onto your main line and then the wet fly as a dropper tied from the bend of the beadhead?

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Re: Soft hackles

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timmyt, that is correct. I do tend to catch a lot more on the dropper.

Posted on: 5/14 9:52
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Re: Soft hackles

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I almost always fish them by themselves, drifting, then swinging. I have caught more trout using this method than any other fly (except the wooly bugger of course!) The tend to hammer it hard just as it starts the swing. Makes a dink feel huge...at first.

Posted on: 5/14 20:03






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