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Soft Hackle Hare's Ear Partridge & Peacock Partridge & Yellow
Partridge & Green Partridge & Orange Soft Hackle Tungsten Bead Pheasant Tail
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 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. 
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 (Except for Soft Hackle Tungsten Bead Pheasant Tail.

Soft Hackle, Hare's Ear
This ancient fly is still as productive as it was 500 years ago when it was tied on hooks mad from sewing needles. These soft hackle Hare's Ears are tied on the most modern chemically sharpened hooks, using the mos modern thread for durability, but the dubbing used in the body comes from the ears and hose patch of the European Hare, and the sparse, webby hackle is taken from the European Partridge. These flies are effective when swung in the traditional wet fly method or fished upstream dead drift and lifted at the end of the presentation to simulate an emerging insect.
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19-0090-14 Soft Hackle Hare's Ear 14 3 for $6.75
19-0090-16 Soft Hackle Hare's Ear 16 3 for $6.75

Soft Hackle, Partridge and Green
One of the most effective soft hackle wet flies for matching emerging, or egg laying diving caddis. This light weight fly is a great searching pattern whenever olive colored insects are prolific.
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17459 Soft Hackle, Partridge and Green 14 3 for $6.75

Soft Hackle, Partridge and Orange
There are many orange bodied caddis, especially in the fall. this fly can simulate emerging pupae or drowned adults. the Orange soft Hackle can also be an effective steelhead fly during low water periods or when fishing over steelhead that have seen too many traditional flies.
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17449 Soft Hackle, Partridge and Orange 14 3 for $6.75

Soft Hackle, Partridge and Peacock
The first trout that I landed with a fly rod came to a Gray Hackle Peacock wet fly, which were in vogue in those days. Then as "match the hatch" became the method of choice, the Gray Hackle Peacock fly was forgotten. Years later, my good friend Herb Forbes introduced me to his version of the Gray Hackle Peacock. It was tied without the traditional red tail and very light colored grizzly hackle. I didn't have grizzly hackle that was the same shade, but I did have light colored partridge hackle, and used it as a substitute. This fly was also forgotten for several year. One evening Herb was driving shuttle for me, and put on a demonstration across the river catching trout after trout in front of me and my clients. I yelled across the river, "what are you using?" He yelled back, "Tie on a Grey Hackle Peacock!" We did, and caught a big number of fish until it was too dark to see. Actually our flies were Partridge and Peacocks.
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19-0100-14 Soft Hackle, Partridge and Peacock 14 3 for $6.75
19-0100-16 Soft Hackle, Partridge and Peacock 16 3 for $6.75

Soft Hackle, Partridge and Yellow
This is a great fly during the Yellow Sally Stonefly hatch. Hard to say why some anglers believe that certain kinds of the tiny stone flies emerge mid-stream like mayflies. Or maybe there are a number of these little bright colored stoneflies that get swept under the surface while laying eggs. What ever the reason, this can be a very productive fly in June and July. during the early summer there are lots of yellowish colored mayflies as well, and a large number are still-born. These flies often are best during bright sunlight hours when not much else works.
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17454 Soft Hackle, Partridge and Yellow 14 3 for $6.75

Soft Hackle Tungsten Bead Pheasant Tail
It was bound to happen. Someone placed a tungsten bead in the middle of a soft hackle fly to get it deep in the water column. This is now the most popular of the current soft hackle flies that are available. It may be fished as a nymph or swung as a wet fly, and is especially productive in deeper and faster water in rivers.
It can also be a very productive fly during Callibaetis Mayfly hatches in lakes. Often Callibaetis mayfly nymphs make several attempts to reach the surface before they are actually able to emerge. During these hatches try using a floating line. Let the fly sink, then retrieve it to the surface, and then let it sink again. Be prepared for hard strikes.
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13355 Soft Hackle Tungsten Bead Pheasant Tail 14 3 for $8.25
13356 Soft Hackle Tungsten Bead Pheasant Tail 16 3 for $8.25
13357 Soft Hackle Tungsten Bead Pheasant Tail 18 3 for $8.25

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