Lion's Mane Soft Hackle

Heavy. Stealthy. Flowey.

Lion's Mane Soft Hackles
I've had some pretty awesome days over the years fishing soft hackles of different sorts on lakes and streams alike. Between the free-moving hackle fibers to the general buggy look they have, soft hackles are just flat-out deadly. Still I think I probably don't fish them enough. Considering you can tie stonefly patterns to midges and everything in between, soft hackles are an often-overlooked style of pattern that really needs a spot in your boxes.

The Lion's Mane was born out of a need to get down deeper and quicker in some faster moving pocket water but still maintain good material movement. Although it's tied a bit on the bigger side, you can definitely scale this down to fit whatever size you need to. And it's also suited to be tied in different colors and even different materials.

Material List

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Hook: Fulling Mill 35025 Grab Gape Hook, Barbless - 8     
Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Matte Black - 5/32" (3.8mm)     
Tail/Hackle: Coq De Leon Hen Saddle - Speckled Golden Olive     
Body: Nature's Spirit Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing - Olive     
Ribbing: Vinyl Rib - Olive - Small     
Hot Spot: Nature's Spirit Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing - Orange     

Other tools from the tutorial:
C&F Design Bobbin     
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool     
C&F Design Hackle Pliers