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Tailwater Soft Hackle

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This fly has been good to me since I started tying it about 5 years ago. It has evolved from something pretty scrappy into quite a pretty fly courtesy of Davy Wotton’s input. Read on for the recipie
I tie it in 14s and 16s, mostly with the small Ultra Wire you see here but originally it was tied with Brassie Wire and it would sink  really fast, so its an option for faster flows.
The Red/Yellow was my first combination but the Green/Yellow I probably fish more often in this area. Copper/Dark Copper looks great, Black and Silver is traditional, Red/Blue can work well, and of course, Bec’s Tailwater Soft Hackle which has a fluorescent pink body, and electric blue Prism Dub thorax. This really works on bright sunny days.

Hook: TMC 102Y or wetfly hook 14- 16
Thread: UTC 70 color to suit
Body: 2 strands of small Ultra Wire.
Thorax: Davy Wotton Prism Dub peacock.
Hackle: Partridge

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2 responses

  1. Owen Miller

    What are the best conditions to fish this and how?

    November 18, 2008 at 10:53 am

  2. Gday Owen
    Primarily I use this for midging fish, when they are taking the emergers just under the surface, particularly when the hatch is a little spotty and the riseforms sporadic. If you are seeing swirls or boils, or dorsal fins and tails instead of heads and mouths fish this pattern.
    My typical approach isto cast down and slightly across, with the fly on a long leader, 12′ to 15′ , let the fly settle and then swing the fly in front of the fish.
    Typically Ill fish this fly in from the middle to bottom of a riffle theough the middle of a pool to the tail out.

    Somedays they will want a fast swing others a slow swing. Sometimes Ill use rodtip action, or a long slow draw in the pools, maybe 2′ then let the fly settle with a little mend.

    Ive only tried it once but I know a lot of soft hackle addicts who will cast the fly upstreamand let the fly drift downstream before lifting the fly on a Leisingring.

    There is no wrong answer, imagination is not a curse

    February 16, 2009 at 8:45 am

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