Friday, February 09, 2007

Bugs

“It’s a fabulously ugly fly, cheap and quick to make, and very effective. … The Hare’s Ear Soft Hackle passes for a caddis pupa … but is in fact an all-purpose “bug” in the sense that a five-year-old kid would use that word. I think same way: both are capable of intense, single-minded observation, but they see the essence of a thing rather than the details.”

       John Gierach, Trout Bum (1986)

Originally Partridge feather is used for hackle, in 1986 Gierach recommends cheaper Indian Hen necks, in 2007 I use genetic Whiting's Brahma Hen Soft Hackle: simply because hackle stems are so strong that they don’t break all the time.

From Fly-patterns

A pile of buggy flies.
Some of them will soon be shipped to a friend in Alaska.

14 comments:

Tom Chandler said...

The hare's ear soft hackle is one of my favs, especially on lakes where I don't have much of an idea what's happening.

And I think the Hare's Ear parachute is a better all-around dry than the Adams, but I'm prepared for some argument on that one.

Flytimes said...

MMMM chocolate colored soft hackles. They look tasty.

The Mad Fishicist said...

let this be a warning to the fish around here to watch their backs!

Rick Passek said...

They look great. I tie one very similar to them with one difference. I use a colored body. yellow,red,orange and green depending on the lake i am going to.

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And I think the Hare's Ear parachute is a better all-around dry than the Adams.

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They look great. I tie one very similar to them with one difference