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So I got this BOX… (SCROLL DOWN FOR NEW FLY ADDITIONS – the most recent is last)

RICHARD WHEATLEY 6″ BLACK BOX…

INTERIOR…

Many of the patterns going inside will be hackled with THIS:

…and THIS, because Fall is a great time to swing soft hackle fly patterns in the waters in and around Yellowstone National ParkEverything in this box will be soft hackle patterns…Starting with this:

MICRO FLOSS IN LIGHT OLIVE SH – TMC 5262, #14 – #18…

Materials MICRO FLOSS IN LIGHT OLIVE SH…

MICRO FLOSS IN LIGHT OLIVE SHs…#16’s…

YELLOW SOFTIE – Daiichi 1560, #12 -#14…

Materials YELLOW SOFTIE…

YELLOW SOFTIEs…#14’s…

BARKER’S BAETIS – Daiichi 1560, #18…

Materials BARKER’S BAETIS…

BARKER’S BAETIS…#18’s…

BWO UV2 TRANSITION FLYMPH – McGee/Variant – Fulling Mill 35050, #18…

Materials BWO UV2 TRANSITION FLYMPH…

BWO UV2 TRANSITION FLYMPH…#18’s…

GOLD PROSPECTOR-McGee/Variant – TMC 3761, #12 – #16…

Materials GOLD PROSPECTOR…

GOLD PROSPECTORs…#12’s…

SHUCK EMERGER (Nectopsyche albida)- McGee/Variant – TMC 102Y, #15…

Materials SHUCK EMERGER (Nectopsyche albida)…

SHUCK EMERGERs (Nectopsyche albida)…#15’s…

MADISON DRIFTER – McGee/Variant – TMC 5262, #12 – #16…

Materials MADISON DRIFTER…

MADISON DRIFTERs…#14’s…

KINGFISHER PEACOCK SH- Alec Jackson Covert Nymph Hook, #11 – #15…

Materials KINGFISHER PEACOCK SH…

KINGFISHER PEACOCK SHs…#13’s…

STRUNG RED & PINK SH – TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #14…

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

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These are some patterns that we use up on high elevation lakes in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. I put together some simple little soft hackle ties that work extraordinarily well for me and my guys. I generally use these  fly patterns in sizes #12 – #18 and vary the retrieve based on what the Trout are liking at any given time…I also used some other patterns that I have wanted to try out on this trip, in a lake. Those will be included in my next post . The largest fish I took, on this trip was 4lbs.(end of post). I won’t go into numbers, but I caught more fish in a day and a half of fishing than I have EVER caught on Little Virginia Lake…

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Little Virginia Lake, Bridgeport, CA…

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…and they all got tested out this weekend (Aug. 1-3)…

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BOX…done…

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PHEASANT TAIL & PARTRIDGE / PEACOCK HERL & PARTRIDGE…TMC 5262, #12-#18/Daiichi 1560, #12-#18…

Mat PT N PART-1-

Materials PHEASANT TAIL & PARTRIDGE…

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PT’s & PARTRIDGE  Soft Hackle – Natural… 

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

RIB: Ultra wire, Gold or Copper, SM or xsm

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Natural

Hackle: Partridge

These are one of the soft hackle patterns, including the one next to it, that have probably taken more Trout – world wide – than any other soft hackle patterns. I never have enough and #16 was what worked on this trip up to Bridgeport…

Mat PEA N PART -1-

Materials PEACOCK HERL & PARTRIDGE…

PEA N PART GRP -1-

PEACOCK HERL & PRATRIDGE(s) SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Peacock Herl, 4-2 fibers, twisted around thread for durability

RIB: *Optional. Gold, Copper or Red wire , SM or x-sm

Hackle: Partridge

These are a required soft hackle pattern for anyone’s boxes. They just plain work…EVERYWHERE..#12 was the ticket for this trip to Little Virginia…

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Michael and Aimee on Little Virginia Lake…she’s using a PT & Partridge…

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ALLY’S RED LAKE SPECIAL SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #16

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Black

RIB: Ultra wire, Hot Orange, SM

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Brown

THORAX: Peacock Herl, Strung Red, 4-2 fibers twisted around working thread for durability

This is another pattern that there was not enough time to use in it’s intended destination – Red Lake…I give this a shot next time…

Mat A RED LAKE SP -1-

Materials ALLY’S RED LAKE SPECIAL..

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ALLY’S RED LAKE SPECIAL SOFT HACKLE(s)…

PEA RAIN SH -2-

PEACOCK RAINBOW SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0,Black

ABDOMEN: Midge Diamond Braid, Peacock

THORAX: Multihued Rainbow Brass Bead, Sized to hook

HACKLE: Partridge

I put this pattern together with Trumbull Lake, in the AM, specifically in mind…never got over there so the testing on this fly will have to wait…

Mat PEA RNBOW SH -1-

Materials PEACOCK RAINBOW SOFT HACKLE…

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Over the PEACOCK RAINBOWS…

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PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SH …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Purple

RIB: Lagartun Silver wire, Fine or X-Fine

ABDOMEN: Purple Iridescent Peacock Herl – Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

This was the first pattern I tried out starting around 1:00PM on Friday afternoon…Yeah it worked, in #12 –  consistently.. .but I had more flies to test…

Mat PURP PEA SH -1-

Materials PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SH…

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PURPLE PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLE(s)…

ALLY RED LAKE

Ally…early in the morning at RED LAKE…

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RUSTY ORANGE SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen- Tiemco 16/0, Brown / Thorax forward – Veevus 16/0, Orange

RIB: Ultra wire, Gold, SM or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Midge Diamond Braid, Rust

THORAX: Orange Iridescent Peacock – Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

I took some nice (12″-16″) Rainbows on the fly early in the AM on Saturday morning then, the bite just turned off on these guys. I was using a hand twist retrieve with them…

 

Mat RUSTY OR SH -1-

Materials RUSTY ORANGE SOFT HACKLE…

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RUSTY ORANGE SOFT HACKLE(s)….

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HARE’S ICE DUB (Hare’s Ear) DAZZLE BEAD & PARTRIDGE SH …

HOOK: Alec Jackson Phantom Covert Nymph Hook, #11 – #15

THREAD: Tiemco or Veevus 16/0, Brown

RIB: Ultra wire, Copper Brown, SM

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ice Dub, Hare’s Ear

THORAX: Dazzle Bead Metallic Pheasant Tail, sized to hook

Hackle: Partridge

I took a few Rainbows on this pattern. It occurred to me…later,  that for lakes, using Peacock Hare’s Ice Dubbing might make a better choice…Oh well…

Mat HARES ICE SH -1-

Materials HARE’S ICE DUB (Hare’s Ear) DAZZLE BEAD & PARTRIDGE…

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A BATCH OF THE ABOVE…

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RED PEACOCK & HEN SH…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Red

RIB: Ultra wire, Metallic Blue, SM or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Peacock. Iridescent Red – Spirit River

HACKLE: Hen Neck, Furnace

I was really looking forward to trying these out after the sun had set behind the mountain and the lake goes calm with a mirror surface. Unfortunately, I had to have the boat back in by 7:00PM and it wasn’t going to happen on this trip..maybe later when it sets sooner…

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Not DARK enough…

 

 

 

Mat RED PEA N HEN -1-

Materials RED PEACOCK & HEN…

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RED PEACOCK & HEN SOFT HACKLES…

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Ally… goofing off on Little Virginia Lake…

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YELLOW PT/QSB/STARLING SOFT HACKLE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Lt. Cahill

RIB: Ultra wire, Gold, Sm or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail, Yellow

THORAX: Hi-Lite Glass Bead, Quicksilver, SM or x-sm

Hackle: Bleached Ginger Starling

I used these in the morning, on the second day, fishing over the weed beds on Little Virginia…Oh Boy! I haven’t caught so many Brookies in years, along with a bunch of Rainbows. I was stripping them moderately fast with some added rod twitches…

Mat YELP PT N STAR -1-

Materials YELLOW PT/QSB/STARLING SOFT HACKLE…

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YELLOW PT/QSB/STARLING SOFT HACKLE(s)…

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Little Virginia Lake…way up there…

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BROWN PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE – 

HOOK: Alec Jackson Phantom Covert Nymph Hook, #11 -#17

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

RIB: Ultra wire, Copper Brown, SM

ABDOMEN: Peacock, Iridescent Brown,- Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

These guys took a number of Rainbows, stripped FAST, in 6″ bursts, in the late afternoons of both days…

Mat BRN PEA PART -1-

Materials BROWN PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE…

BRN PEA PARTS -1-

BROWN PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLES…

OLIVE CHART SH -2-

OLIVE PHEASANT & PARTRIDGE …

HOOK: TMC 5262, #12 -#18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

RIB: Ultra wire, Chartreuse, SM or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Olive Pheasant Tail fibers

HACKLE: Olive Partridge – Hareline

This pattern worked well for me on the trip, fished near and over weed beds and stripped at a moderate speed, on an intermediate line with a 12′ leader and tippet…

Mat OL PHEAS PART -1-

Materials OLIVE PHEASANT & PARTRIDGE…

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OLIVE PHEASANT & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLES…

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Pop and his rower…on Little Virginia Lake…

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BLACK PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE …

Add Contact FormHOOK: Daiichi 1560, #12 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Ultra wire, Silver, SM or x-sm

ABDOMEN: Peacock, Iridescent Black – Spirit River

HACKLE: Partridge

An alternative to the standard Peacock and Partridge, fish it in lakes with a hand twist retrieve or stripped. The Trout will let one know the speed at which they prefer the pattern stripped…

Mat BP SH -1-

Materials BLACK PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE…

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BLACK PEACOCK & PARTRIDGE SOFT HACKLE(s)…

 

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Nah, they don’t work AT ALL…

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Ally at Trumbull Lake, with Michael, expressing her opinion on Dad’s Trout…

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 This one Ally took home…to eat…

 

NEXT: ME, ALLY & HERO – lakin’ it…

 

PT/TB   

 

 

 

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I first saw this pattern a number of years ago in Southwest Fly Fishing Magazine. It is by Colorado tier Eric Pettine and the fly reminded me of some off-the-wall soft hackle that I had tied up for the water pictured below, quite some time ago…that one, employed partridge for the hackle, a copper bead behind it, light olive thorax, rusty brown abdomen with a copper brown, wire rib. It was the only pattern that consistently took fish when the water in here was raging, from bank to bank. There was no “getting out” in those flows; I was restricted to working the bank on the side of the river I had parked on. That above fly accounted for a lot of Rainbows and one Brown that LDR’d me…it may have been over six lbs.

The Stillwater River, MT. in early July with high run off, making crossing impossible…

THE COW DUNG VARIANT:

HOOK: THC 2488, #12-#16

THREAD: Abdomen, Wapsi Ultra, Olive 70 Denier / In front of bead, Tiemco 16/0, Olive

RIB: Small or X-SM Wapsi wire, Red with pearl midge flash wrapped around wire 14-18 times (my variation)…*coat with SHAN, Flexament or Aquaflex

THORAX: Peacock SLF Prism

BEAD: Black Tung. or Brass, sized to hook, with lead or lead sub. wraps

HACKLE: India Hen Back, Brown or Black

The variations on this simple pattern are limitless…abdomen, wire, KF or Midge Flash, thorax and hackle…pick “what floats thy boat…”

1. Place bead on hook, small opening forward…

2. 4 turns of lead or lead sub. and break off ends or use nail clippers…

3. Attach Ultra thread, wrap and snare wire end (behind bead), wrap towards bend a couple of turns and half hitch…

4. Tie in wire first, then midge flash, wrap back to deep in the bend of the hook…

5. Flatten the Olive Ultra thread by twisting it counter clockwise and bring it forward behind the bead – half hitch. Then, twist the midge flash over the wire clock wise 14-18 times and grasp in rubber tipped hackle pliers. Wrap wire and midge flash over the abdomen counter clock wise (towards tier) 5-6 turns…tie off at thorax point, clip wire and midge flash with nail clippers…

6. Better photo of wire and midge flash prior to wrapping…

7. Coat abdomen with “Hard as Nails”, Flexament or Aquaflex…This is for durability from Trout teeth and a dash of translucence…

8. Let the coating product FULLY DRY…

9. Wet the thread with saliva (yummy) and add a THIN portion of Peacock SLF Prism…half hitch thread and add whip finish, 3-4 turns…push bead against dubbing…

10. Tie in Tiemco 16/0, Olive thread in front of bead then  tie in India Hen Neck feather…I use the whole feather, I do not strip it on one side and I tie it in by the butt where the barbules give better action…make 1 1/2 -2 wraps…


11. Stroke the feathers back after adding a half hitch…wet fingers if it helps – then whip finish holding the feathers to the rear with the left hand (if right handed)…

12. Coat the head with head cement…I like this stuff and push a needle through the eye of the hook while it dries…

COW DUNG VARIANT…tilted view…

COW DUNG VARIANT…side view…

The original Cow Dung was a wet fly pattern developed by Alfred Ronald. It has been around for a VERY long time…longer than “Dino DAD”

DINO DAD on the Stillwater River, Montana…

NEXT: A MIDGE then… Soft Hackle Stones

PT/TB

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These are some Soft Hackle patterns I use. I have found that this pattern will consistently take Trout anytime and almost anywhere. In fact, I have seen it stated in print that this is the ONLY pattern that one might fish and the rest of all the other fly patterns can stay in their boxes. I believe that.

My first soft hackle box with some other characters thrown in…

It is possible to fish a Soft Hackle from the bottom of the water column to the top ( with a little dressing on the tippet for an assist). Dead drifted, swung, action imparted – all have worked for me…in rivers, lakes and streams…



BROWN (SILK) SOFT HACKLE

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, #13-#17

THREAD: Persall’s Gossamer , Classic Chesnut, (PGT 032)

RIB: Largutan, x fine Gold

THORAX: Hare’s Ear # 1, (fur from the outer ear)

HACKLE: Partridge, (from the shoulder)

RED (SILK) SOFT HACKLE

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, #13-#17

THREAD: Persall’s Gossamer, Scarlet (PGT 0011A)

THORAX: Hare’s Ear # 4 (upper face, below the ear)

RIB: Largutan, x fine Gold

HACKLE: Partridge ( from the shoulder)

GREEN (SILK) SOFT HACKLE

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, #13-#17

THREAD: Persall’s Highlander Green, (PGT 018)

RIB: Largutan, x fine Gold

THORAX: Hare’s Ear #3, Mink – Mixed, ( HE from the crown)

HACKLE: Partridge (from the shoulder)

OLIVE STARLING SOFT HACKLE

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16-#22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, Sheer 14/0, Olive

RIB: Wapsi, Ultra Wire Xsm Chartreuse

ABDOMEN: UTC 70, Olive

THORAX: Mink

HACKLE: Starling (under side)

COPPER STARLING SOFT HACKLE

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, # 13-#17

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, Sheer, 14/0 Black

ABDOMEN: Wapsi Ultra Wire X sm, Copper

THORAX: SLF Prism, Peacock

HACKLE: Starling

RED METALLIC STARLING SOFT HACKLE

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, #13-#17

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, Sheer, 14/0 Black

ABDOMEN: Wapsi Ultra Wire, Red Metallic, Xsm

THORAX: Muskrat/Mink mixture

HACKLE: Starling

BLUE WIRE STARLING SOFT HACKLE

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16-#22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith,Sheer, 14/0 Tan

ABDOMEN: Danville 6/0, #41 Tan

THORAX: Mink/ Sable mixture

HACKLE: Starling

BLACK/SILVER WIRE STARLING SOFT HACKLE

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16-#22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, Sheer 14/0 Black

ABDOMEN: UTC 70, Black

RIB: Largutan X fine, Silver

THORAX: Ice Dub, Black

HACKLE: Starling

CHARTREUSE WIRE STARLING SOFT HACKLE

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, #13-#17

THREAD: Gordon Griffith Sheer, 14/0 Black

ABDOMEN: Wapsi, Chartreuse ,Xsm Wire

THORAX: Ice Dub, Peacock

HACKLE: Starling

This is one fly pattern where the imagination can run wild. The number of different feathers that may be used for the collar hackle is staggering. I could spend a lifetime and never collect them all…some tiers even use hair…anything that will bounce off the ball of the thorax and add motion…I LOVE ‘EM!!!

PT/TB


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