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Double Soft Hackle

Double Soft Hackle

Multiple Colors in One Fly Soft hackles appeal to me because they are the epitome of not having rules in fly tying.  Almost any  feather can be used for a soft hackle, and the color range only depends on how many different colors of dubbing, tinsel and yarn you can find.  Instead of getting into a lot of specific materials, I wanted to focus on techniques for this fly.  I show how to prop up a tail, spin a tightly wound body that shows segmentation, and how to wrap two hackles at the same time.  The beauty of this one is that you can change colors and sizes to somewhat match the bugs in your water.  Let your creative juices flow with this one! Tips -  The dubbing I used for this is fox squirrel that I shaved off of a pelt.  The video for the technique is found HERE .  I use plain squirrel from the back half of the animal for the body of this fly.  For the thorax, I use the material that I shaved off of the top part of the pelt (for shorter fibers) mixed with cinnamon ic

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Dual Threat Sculpin

Dual Threat Sculpin

Add Some Meat to Your Dead Drift Game I really like sculpins - We're talking about how much Curtis likes computers, so it's kind of a big deal.  It's true that they are the bottom dwelling slimy creatures that scour the bottoms of most western trout streams, but big trout love to eat them.  I have played with a lot of different sculpin variations through the years, and there are two things that I have decided I like in a sculpin - they need to ride close to the bottom, and they need to have a fat head with a skinny body, tapering of course .  This being said, an inverted hook, and proper material selection are critical to achieve maximum bottom hugging and tapered slithering ability.  My best sculpins have been the El Sculpito and the Belly Scratcher Sculpin because they both have these characteristics of having good taper and riding low in the water column.  I usually fish those flies with a slight cast upstream, dead drift for a little bit, and then start to strip

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