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 ice dub.
  • I used UTC 70 for this fly, but you can also use Danville 70, Uni 8/0, Veevus 14/0, or MFC 8/0.
  • Any hook can be used...  I just like the stubby nature of the 1530.


Material List

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Hook: Daiichi 1530 - Heavy Wet Fly Hook - 12     
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Yellow     
Tail: Whiting Coq De Leon Rooster Cape - Medium Pardo     
Body: Whole Squirrel Skin - Natural Fox     
Mix with Body Dub: Ice Dub - UV Cinnamon     
Hackle 1: Whiting 4B Hen Cape - Brown     
Hackle 2: Whiting 4B Hen Cape - White Dyed Yellow     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Rite Bobbin - Half-Hitch     
Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner     
C&F Design Hackle Pliers