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 Post subject: Fall Soft Hackles
PostPosted: September 17th, 2019, 1:44 pm 
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Do you put a “ hot spot” ( aka egg sack) on the bend of the hook of your Soft Hackles? Sometimes I do.......sometimes not. I know a lot of guys that swear by hot spots in their Soft Hackles. As far as I’m concerned the jury is still out. Thoughts?

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 Post subject: Re: Fall Soft Hackles
PostPosted: September 17th, 2019, 6:38 pm 
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Never even came to mind. Not that I fish them that often. That being said In the last few evenings I tied up more than a dozen. The other night when I fished after work I could see fish in the super extremely shallow low flow water slashing at probable emergers. Thus tie up some soft hackles to fish as emergers. Never thought of them as maybe say egg laying caddis or drowned spinners.

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 Post subject: Re: Fall Soft Hackles
PostPosted: September 18th, 2019, 7:00 am 
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Yes. In fact, many of the nymphs out west have a hot spot on them and I started putting orange and bright yellow spots on PTs...and also eggs sacks on dries too!

I think color matters more in the fall...

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 Post subject: Re: Fall Soft Hackles
PostPosted: September 18th, 2019, 10:33 am 
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Never tried a hot spot on soft hackles, but I will now. I'll let you know if they work for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Fall Soft Hackles
PostPosted: September 22nd, 2019, 7:04 pm 
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Terry Walsh used to tie Red-Arsed something or other that was really effective. I think it had a bead, olive dubbing, and a soft hackle.


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 Post subject: Re: Fall Soft Hackles
PostPosted: September 22nd, 2019, 7:45 pm 
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Jeff Reardon wrote:
Terry Walsh used to tie Red-Arsed something or other that was really effective. I think it had a bead, olive dubbing, and a soft hackle.


Red Assed Kelso, maybe?

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 Post subject: Re: Fall Soft Hackles
PostPosted: September 22nd, 2019, 8:03 pm 
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Not exactly the same, but I've seen some examples of Klinkhammers with a jewel/bead on the hook bend that I've wanted to try.


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 Post subject: Re: Fall Soft Hackles
PostPosted: September 23rd, 2019, 6:07 pm 
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This is not a new idea. I remember fly boxes filled with cast-offs and gifts from relatives and friends when I was a kid and the Lady Beaverkill featured prominently. A lot of my relatives and my Dad's fishing friends grew up in Connecticut and fished the Catskills. The yellow tag was said to represent the eggs mass on a female Hendrickson. I fished a lot of Hendrickson spinner falls, and never saw females with bright yellow bumps on their tail, but the fly sure worked.

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/features/oldflies/oldflies20090914.php

Think also about all those tags and tips on fancy streamers and salmon flies.


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