Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle Emerger

Here's another fly that we partner with during the river dance this time of the year.  The video shows how we tie the sulphur soft hackle, however, right now we are tying this same fly in a size 12 and 14, with a medium Australian Opossum dubbing for the thorax in lieu of the yellow - check out the start of the video and the second fly being rotated is tied this way.  It imitates the hendricksons that are hatching now here in New Jersey, and that will soon be coming off Catskill rivers in the next couple of weeks. It can be fished as you would a nymph or wet fly, or dead-drifted in the film just as you would a dry to imitate the emerging dun, or a cripple.  Trout love these flies when they are fished properly, and they always account for a few good fish for me during the hendrickson season. 


Hook: Standard Dry Fly #12 & 14
Thread: 6/0 Danville olive.......but of course!
Rib: Copper wire
Tail and abdomen: Dyed brown pheasant tail
Thorax: Medium Australian Opossum - touch-dubbed
Hackle: Golden olive dyed speckled hen 

Tie some up, fish them hard, and sharpen your hooks.

And have fun!

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