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B.H. Soft Hackle P.T. Partridge & Orange Partridge & Yellow
Partridge & Green Partridge & Peacock Starling & Herl
These incredibly versatile patterns will catch many species of game fish under a wide range of conditions.  Literature has made the soft hackle style of fly most popular for trout in streams.  Here they are usually fished dead drift or on the swing as a wet fly.  Often the best best depth is very shallow.  Presented in this manner these patterns represent insects which are struggling just below the surface. The soft, wet, flowing hackle simulates the activity of thrashing legs and beating wings. 
Soft hackle flies are also very productive in lakes and ponds for most species of trout, char, bass and panfish.  These patterns are often fished in the surface film as an emerging insect.  This can be a very productive method during mayfly and caddis hatches. Cast the fly with a floating lines ahead of cruising trout. Barely twitch the fly as the fish approaches.  Soft Hackles can also be fished deeper around submerged weeds or even along more barren rocky bottoms.  When retrieved through still water, the the long supple hackles mimic swimming legs.  Several species of dragonfly nymphs swim with their legs extended.  The Carey Special series flies were first used in Canadian lakes to mimic dragon fly nymphs and emerging sedges.
Soft Hackles are some of the world's oldest and simplest fly patterns.  Some patterns have remained productive for hundreds of years.   
In 1496 Dame Juliana Berners published "The Treatise of Fishing with an Angle". It was the first definitive work on sports angling written in the English language. In it were the first twelve fly patterns. They were all soft hackle type wet flies. Sylvester Nemes in his great book The Soft Hackle Fly Addict brought these simple flies to the attention of modern anglers. Soft Hackles are as popular and productive as when first written five hundred years ago.
All of the flies listed below are dressed on standard wet fly hooks but are other wise unweighted.

B. H. Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail

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13355 Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail 14 3 for $6.75
13356 Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail 16 3 for $6.75
13357 Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail 18 3 for $6.75

Soft Hackle, Partridge And Green

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17459 Soft Hackle, Partridge And Green 14 3 for $5.85

Soft Hackle, Partridge And Orange

 

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17449 Soft Hackle, Partridge And Orange 14 3 for $5.85

Soft Hackle, Partridge And Yellow
A similar fly appears in English literature as early as 1496.  It may already have been used for centuries, but not recorded.  

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17454 Soft Hackle, Partridge And Yellow 14 3 for $5.95

Soft Hackle, Partridge And Peacock

 

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17431 Soft Hackle, Partridge And Peacock 14 3 for $5.95

Soft Hackle, Starling and Herl
This can be a very productive fly, especially when small dark insects such and micro caddis, ants or beetles are on the water.

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12370-18 Soft Hackle, Starling And Herl 18 3 for $5.85

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