Category Archives: BWO

Blue Winged Olive Soft Hackle by Fly Fish Food

I love fishing soft hackles in the spring and this Blue Winged Olive Soft Hackle is a perfect fit. Once the season opens up and the creeks are running near normal, a soft hackle fly can really get the attention of fresh hungry trout. Soft hackles can be fished in a variety of ways and are a versatile addition to the trout cache. You can use the soft hackle as a dropper fly off of bigger dry flies, fish it in the surface film to mimic an emerger, or sink the fly and fish it as a nymph.

The materials are simple and the fly is a quick tie. The video goes through some of the nuances of the materials used with this BWO pattern. Starling can be a little tricky for the uninitiated but with a little practice and perseverance, it may be mastered quickly.

Blue Winged Olive Soft Hackle Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Fulling Mill 35050 Ultimate Dry Fly Hook Barbless – 16
Thread: 8/0 UNI Olive Dun
Body: Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails Olive
Hackle: Starling
Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire olive small
Thorax: Fine Natural Dubbing Baetis

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Youtube Channel: Fly Fish Food
Youtube Video: BWO Soft Hackle
Facebook: FlyFishFood
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Website: FlyFishFood.com

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Henryville Special by Jim Misiura

The Henryville Special is an older fly pattern, but one that comes in handy for a caddis or blue winged olive hatch. It can be a bit tricky to get the wing slips to sit nicely, but a bit of practice will help you get the hang of it. I’ve been putting together a new box of flies for the spring opening and hope to include a few HvS’s in the mix. If you want a little more durability in the fly, I would suggest adding a reverse rib of fine wire over the grizzly hackle.

Hook: Standard dry fly hook #12-#18
Thread: Black 8/0
Body hackle: grizzly saddle hackle
Body: Olive dry fly dubbing
Underwing: Mallard flank fibers
Wing: Mallard wing quill slips
Hackle: Grey or brown saddle hackle

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CDC Puff Baetis Emerger

Did I mention I love CDC? Here is another CDC pattern, this one a blue winged olive or Baetis emerger tied up by John Collins for riseformstudio.tv. The pattern is intended to be fished deeper in the water because the BWO’s hatch on the substrate of the waters and emerge to the surface as adults. You can also fish the fly in the film if you wish, and if that is your intention, I would recommend to skip the wire rib to keep the pattern lighter.

CDC Puff Baetis Emerger

CDC Puff Baetis Emerger

Hook: Dai Riki 270 #18 – #20
Thread: Dark Brown
Rib: Brown Ultrawire Small
Tail: Mallard Flank Dyed Olive
Dubbing: Olive Rabbit
Wing: Dark Dun CDC Puff

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