Tuesday, February 9, 2016

An Archive of Modern Soft-Hackle Wetflies





Modern Soft-Hackle Designs by SHJ Readers

March Brown ~ Mark Hagopian 
 March Brown ~ Mark Hagopian

Thread: UTC 70d Rusty Brown

Tail: Coq de Leon 

Abdomen: Natural Pheasant Tail

Ribbing: UTC Wire Amber Small followed by DMC Light Effects Metalique

Embroidery thread in Cream (both counter wrapped)

Thorax: UV2 Scud Dub Shrimp Pink

Hackle: Hungarian Partridge back



Biot & Plover March Brown ~ Bill Shuck
Biot & Plover March Brown ~Bill Shuck

Hook: #12 Vintage Mustad 38932

Thread: Pearsall's Gossamer 6a, light orange

Hackle: Golden plover from neck area

Tail: Bronze mallard whisks

Abdomen: One tan & one sulfur turkey biot, wound together over the hook shank

Thorax: Natural hare's ear, twist dubbed



Spring Grey Tenkara ~ Bill Shuck
Spring Grey Tenkara ~Bill Shuck

Hook: #14 Daiichi 1530

Thread: Pearsall's Gossamar #3, primrose

Head: Thread wraps

Hackle: Waterhen covert tied Kebari style

Abdomen: Two strands of heron herl wrapped together

Thorax: Natural mole in dropped loop (or pre-spun on Clark block)



Coug ~ Spike
Coug ~ Spike

Preferred tied with 4 turns of non-lead weight, wound beneath the thorax. Kills Au Sable brookies.
Hook: #14 Umpqua U001

Thread: Scarlet Pearsall's Gossamer Silk

Tail/Abdomen: Danville's 4x300D Rayon floss

Thorax: Peacock herl, 2 strands twisted with loop of tying silk

Hackle: Dark gray dun hen


Fastwater Caddis ~ Allen McGee
Fastwater Caddis ~ Allen McGee

Hook: #14 Tiemco 2457

Thread: Camel UNI 8/0

Ribbing: Natural rabbit, touched on thread tag

Body: Red poly yarn (variations: yellow, green, black, brown, cream)

Thorax/Head: Hareline brown rabbit & golden brown Ice Dub, mixed

Eyes: .010 mono eyes, burnt, flattened & colored with red marker

Antennae: Pearl krystal flash - 2 strands

Hackle: Brown partridge

May-Cad Nymph ~ Allen McGee
May-Cad Nymph ~ Allen McGee

Hook: #16 Tiemco 5262, bent to shape

Thread: Tobacco brown Danville Flymaster 6/0

Tail: Ginger blood marabou fibers

Body: Hareline brown rabbit & golden brown Ice Dub, mixed

Winglets: 2 furnace hen feather tips

Hackle: Ginger hen

Glow Nymph ~ Allen McGee
Glow Nymph ~ Allen McGee

Hook: #14 Mustad 94842

Thread: Camel UNI 8/0

Tail: Brown partridge

Ribbing: Thread tag pinch-dubbed with olive Hareline rabbit dubbing

Abdomen: Chartreuse holographic tinsel

Thorax: Brown grizzly marabou

Hackle: Brown partridge



Jackdaw Pennell ~ Mark Hagopian
Jackdaw Pennell ~ Mark Hagopian

Hook: #14 heavy wire wetfly

Thread: Black

Tail: Golden pheasant tippet

Rib: Silver oval tinsel

Body: Black floss

Hackle: Jackdaw (or black hen)


Isonychia ~ Mark Hagopian
Isonychia ~ Mark Hagopian

Hook: #10 Orvis Tactical Barbless

Thread: Claret Pearsall's Gossamer Silk

Tail: Lemon wood duck, curved upward

Body: Claret Pearsall's Gossamer Silk - build up through the thorax area

Wing: Lemon wood duck, curved upward

Hackle: Partridge

Orange Kitty ~ Roots Girl
Orange Kitty ~ Roots Girl

Hook: #12 TMC 101

Thread: Tan UNI 8/0

Hackle: Amber dun hen

Tail: Bronze lemon wood duck flank fibres

Rib: Fine silver wire over abdomen

Body: Underfur brushed from an orange tabby cat (amber-tan rabbit may substitute) - build up with dubbing over the thorax after winding the rib

Patina ~ Roots Girl
Patina ~ Roots Girl

Hook: #14 TMC 900BL

Thread: Brown UNI 8/0

Hackle: Furnace hen

Body: Copper tinsel underbody, over-wound with tag of olive Danville's 3/0 monochord - thread wraps barely touching or separated slightly

Thorax: Peacock herl

Irish Woodcutter ~ Ken O'Farrel
Irish Woodcutter ~ Ken O'Farrel

Hook: #8 Mustad R50-94840

Thread: Yellow Pearsall's Gossamer Silk

Tag: Copper tinsel

Tail: Golden pheasant tippet

Rib: Fine copper wire

Body: Dark olive dubbing in loop of tying silk

Palmer: Burnt orange grizzly saddle over body

Hackle: Brahma hen

Little Black Caddis ~ Jim Briscoe
Little Black Caddis ~ Jim Briscoe

Hook: #14 Orvis dry fly

Thread: Black UNI 8/0

Hackle: Black hen

Body: Olive Uni 3/0






Tup's Indispensable ~ Neil Norman
Tup's Indispensable ~ Neil Norman

Hook: #14 Gamakatsu C13U

Thread: Primrose

Tail: Medium ginger Indian cock hackle

Abdomen: Primrose Pearsall's Gossamer Silk

Thorax: Red fox squirrel underbelly & lavender yarn

Hackle: Dove undercovert

Dove Bloa ~ Neil Norman
Dove Bloa ~ Neil Norman

Hook: #14 Gamakatsu C13U

Thread: Primrose

Body: Primrose Pearsall's Gossamer Silk touched with muskrat

Hackle: Dove undercovert


8 comments:

  1. I'm constantly humbled, learning who reads SHJ. Can't think of a more fitting way to start the parade than with a fly created by Bill Shuck. Thanks for contributing Bill. These are simply exquisite.

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  2. Occurred to me that some tiers might want to present something they consider salient to the Modern Archive, yet lack an original of their own. In that case, if you have a particular favorite by a contemporary designer, a fishing buddy, or a great angler no longer with us, feel free to present it. For example: I consider Jack Gartside's 'Sparrow' to be a killing modern design. If somebody would like to present Gartside's Sparrow, that would be a good one.

    Steve

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  3. Spike, that does have all the makings of a good brookie fly. I like your note on this being a good early season fly, weighted, fished deep in the water column. Agree. Good way to go if that's how a particular pattern fishes best during a particular season. Go Cougars. Go deep.Thanks for contributing to the Modern Archive. WSU should be proud.

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  4. Allen, those 3 patterns make me smile. Really nice. I love the technique of touch-dubbing the ribbing to create an undertone or inner light, as exemplified in the Glow Nymph. It is a killing effect. Also love the idea of the distended wing buds on the May-Cad -- a keying characteristic on both emerging caddis & mayflies that we often overlook. Thanks for sharing these.

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  5. Mark, the jackdaw does make for a juicy variant of the old Black Pennell. Nice. The Isonychia is a study in grace. Great contributions!

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  6. Roots Girl, our hearts pound.

    Ken, ye brought the Woodcutter home. Killing pattern everywhere, for sure.

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  7. I love the vintage hook on the Plover March Brown. I still have many old hooks and those huge barbs are symbol of days gone by.

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  8. I love the vintage hook on the Plover March Brown. I still have many old hooks and those huge barbs are symbol of days gone by.

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