Tag Archives: Soft Hackle

Guaranteed – Leroy Hyatt

I had the pleasure of meeting Leroy a couple years back at the WCFFE in Calgary as well as on the message forum on FlyFishcalgary.com. Of course, Leroy is well known as the host of the PBS program “Fly Tying The Angler’s Art“. There are lots of new patterns by Leroy up on Youtube at the Lewiston Tribune page. Be sure to check out the archive online there now, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more here in the near future.

This is a quick little soft hackle fly, with a nice range of colors in it. The soft hackle on this one is created with a blue peacock breast feather. I really love using the blues for nymphs. I’ve had some epic days dragging a little peacock soft hackle behind a pontoon. Enjoy the video and check out the rest online.


Also be sure to check out the online archive of video from Fly Tying The Angler’s Art – http://kwsu.org/Offers/FlyTying.aspx


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.