Monthly Archives: October 2014

Soft Hackle Essentials—Hooks and Materials

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Partridge & Pheasant Soft Hackle

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT
The traditional soft hackle fly has been with us for a long time. Sylvester Nemes in his Two Centuries of Soft-Hackled Flies (2004) chronicles the history of this venerable pattern back to the year 1747. Even today, in the 21st century, the soft-hackle is a killer pattern that can be effective anywhere trout feed on aquatic insects. Unfortunately, many fly shops don’t carry them and even online retailers don’t offer the variety one would like to see. Additionally, it’s hard to justify paying $2 for a fly on a cheap hook that can be tied in less than a minute or so on a good one. Trout anglers should always have a good selection of soft hackles at the ready anytime they fish in insect rich waters (they are actually very effective for bluegill and other shallow water sunfish).
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Tying the Evolution™ Mayfly Swimmer

MayflySwimmer cropFlymen Fishing continues to expand their innovative line of fly tying products. And, just in time for tying season, their NEW Evolution™ Tungsten Beads are available in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. Flymen is introducing a series of new flies featuring these new beads including the Evolution™ Mayfly Swimmer. This effective mayfly pattern is inspired by Shane Stalcup’s Gilled Nymph and imitates many gilled swimming mayfly nymphs. It is tied using a modern hare’s ear plus dubbing and an Evolution™ Mayfly Swimmer & Burrower Tungsten Bead Head.

Use these Evolution Mayfly Swimmer Instructions to tie your own fly before they are even available from Flymen Fishing and get all the materials you need @ J. Stockard:

Hook: Curved Nymph Hook 3XL
Bead: Evolution Mayfly Swimmer & Burrower
Thread: Choose VEEVUS, UNI or Danville
Rib: Ultra Wire
Tail & Abdomen: Ostrich Herl
Thorax: Hareline Hare’s Ear PLUS dubbing
Wingcase: Pheasant Tail
Legs: Partridge Feathers

Fly Tyers for Casting for Recovery

CfR nelsonGuest Blogger: Bob Nelson, Fly Tyer & CfR Supporter
With the continued support of J. Stockard Fly Fishing, who supplies the fly boxes, members of the Fly Tying Forum, have donated 14 sets of a dozen flies to Casting for Recovery, for each of the last five years.  Fly tyers from all over the United States have contributed a dozen flies each.  Not only that, but tyers from Australia, Canada, Scotland and other countries where CfR does not have chapters have donated as well.  Most of these men and women have not only sent the requested dozen flies to match the guidelines suggested by Casting for Recovery, but have included enough extra flies to fill a bonus box.  This year’s bonus contained 60 assorted flies.  There is also a box of 14 Pink Wooly Buggers for the attendee’s hats or vests.  This year’s flies are going to the Kentucky program which serves 14 lucky women from Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  The retreat will be held in Indiana. more…