If you tie your own soft hackles, you’ll eventually start running out of small feathers. That’s a pain because skins aren’t cheap. But, all is not lost, for here is a very helpful Tim Flagler video on using larger feathers. It’s a very cool fly-tying trick, but would you expect anything less from Tim?
Soft hackles took more than their fair share of fish last Saturday. I fished the Farmington amidst the high water and found a decent number of browns and ‘bows. No show stoppers, and a 14″ clean-looking and hard-fighting brown was the best of the bunch.
Although the permanent TMA had been stocked a few days prior, junk flies didn’t work for me. The fish wanted the natural stuff. And, for that, I was grateful, leading to some celebratory New England IPA.
Looks like flows are staying high for a while. Anyone hitting the rivers this weekend?