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
Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire olive small
Thorax: Fine Natural Dubbing Baetis
Youtube Channel: Fly Fish Food
Youtube Video: BWO Soft Hackle
The Icy Pheasant Tail is a plump little morsel and I doubt many trout would pass up this treat. The Fly Fiend ties this pattern on a barbless #16 Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph hook. The hook is sized larger than others, and so a #16 is more on par with the #10 you may be used to tying on. The fly calls for hollow tubing with flash tied under. This gives the fly a really gassy look under water. Speaking of hollow tubing, if you have some hypodermic needles and mineral oil, you can fill the hollow tubing to really enhance the effects.
I’m excited for the spring and the start of the 2017 fishing season. Watch to the end to see a couple different colour variations on the fly. Don’t want to tie them? You can buy them from the Fiend here.
Icy Pheasant Tail fly pattern recipe
Hook: Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph (curved scud hook)
Bead: Gold tungsten
Lead: 0.015 lead free wire
Thread: 6/0 UTC olive
Tail: Pheasant tail dyed olive 8-10 fibers
Body: Wapsi stretch tubing then 2 pieces of UNI-Mylar peacock / blue (peacock side up)
Legs: Pheasant tail dyed olive
Thorax: Ice dubbing Caddis green & black blended
Wingcase: Thin skin w/ UV resin
Youtube Channel: The Fly Fiend
Youtube Video: Icy Pheasant Tail fly pattern
I’ve been following Kevin Compton’s fly tying exploits for a few years and have always been impressed with his intense attention to detail and precise fly tying. Every material and every wrap seems to have a purpose on the flies he ties, and the patterns have been tested and honed for optimal performance. The watery olive thread is crucial for the MFPD Pocket picker as it makes up the tapered body of the nymph. The fly uses synthetic quill that is more durable without the need for extra glue than the natural. You can find the materials which can be tough to find, on Kevin’s site, performanceflies.com.
MFPD Pocket Picker Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Hanak H230BL #14-16
Head: 3/32 Gold Tungsten Bead
Thread: UTC 70 Watery Olive
Tails: Coq de Leon Fibers, Medium Prodo
Rib #1: Synthetic Quill Body, Graphite
Rib #2: XF Gold Wire
Tip: Glo-Brite Floss, Hot Orange #6
Body: UTC 70 Watery Olive Thread
Thorax: Pine Squirrel dubbing with UV Flash
Be sure to check out this and other videos on Lou DiGena’s Youtube page and subscribe for more videos. You should also pop over to his blog, Fly and Fin for more info on this and other patterns.