I love tying and fishing these quick simple flies. I bought a nice set of Persalls silk a while ago, so I really should be putting it to good use. I’ve also got quite a few feathers, starling, partridge and plover to use. I’m sure I’m missing out on some surface action right now by not carrying a few soft hackles. If you are into the soft-hackles, also check out my Black Gnat from a couple years back.
Hook: Alec Jackson Trout Country or TMC3761 #12-#18
Thread/Body: Pearsalls Gossamer purple silk
Thorax: Peacock herl
I received a brand new starling skin in the mail a couple weeks back (Thanks Kerry, I owe you), but I’ve yet to find a quiet moment to start experimenting. I did find a nice blog with a good selection of starling hackled flies. So it looks like I’ll be breaking into that skin and the Golden Plover I managed to grab off my buddy AL. The boxes from last year are all still looking quite empty, ad these would fit the bill for a few spaces at least. We have about 20 of these introduced European Starling calling my backyard home at the moment, and I’ve seen some impressive flocks of at least 1,000 birds occupying the fields around here. If the flies start working well, they ad better be on guard.
Check out the offerings tied up at The Fly Fisherman’s Cafe