Hen Pheasant Soft-Hackle

We’re catching up on some great video put out by McA and the guys over at Rise Form Studios. Week 36 features a fly I’ve been toying around with, the Hen Pheasant Soft Hackle. I like using hen pheasant because it sweep back over the body easily and has a nice mottled pattern on the feather. It’s also a fairly inexpensive material to purchase and a skin will last a long time. I have a couple dyed skins in olive, black claret and a natural. That pretty much covers the colors I use. I’ve also been adding Nymph Head beads on most. I really can’t get enough of them.

For this weeks Fly Tying Video we visit with the creator of Walts Worm, Mr. Walt Young. In our last segment we harvested some Pheasants for fly tying materials. So, we figured it might be a good idea to tie a few flies with those materials. This one is called the Hen Pheasant Soft-Hackle. I fished it as a Hendrickson Emerger last week and it killed! The really cool thing about this fly is that we use a hen neck/head feather instead of partridge for the Hackle. You can find allot more usable smaller size feathers off the hen Pheasant than you can with the Partridge. I had no idea you could substitute hen for partridge. I tie a few Soft-Hackle patterns down to a size 18 so this is going to make my life much easier.



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