I came across a great collection of traditional soft hackle fly tying videos by Whiskey Creek Fly Fishing, including this classic Partridge and Yellow soft hackle fly pattern.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I like flies that are simple to tie and it doesn’t get much easier than this.
Growing up I fished dry flies 90% of the time, but when the fish were not feeding on the surface I was taught to swing a pair of wet flies using a classical down-and-across presentation. It was easy enough and a good way to methodically work a stretch of water. I didn’t fish soft hackles then, but they too come alive using this presentation and drive trout nutty.
With my recent addiction to European nymphing techniques it seems I’ve kind of lost sight of just how enjoyable it is to fish this way. Davy Wotton’s DVD Wet Fly Ways helped remind me there is more to life than just dredging the bottom with heavy nymphs and that you don’t in fact have to always fish up-stream.
So the next time you are out and get tired of lobbying Czech nymphs, tie on a Partridge and Yellow, throw one down-and-across and fish like a gentlemen.
In addition to the Partridge and Yellow, we’ve added to our soft hackle fly tying gallery videos on how to tie a Starling and Herl, a Purple and Snipe, a Green and Partridge and a Bead Head Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle – check’em out!
Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and is on a quest to map the best places for fly fishing in America. He created the DIY Fly Fishing App to share this information and help you find new places to fish.
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