I just finished tying a custom order for one dozen orange fish hawk soft hackle wet flies this pattern is an old one it is listed in ray bergmans first book just fishing 1932 heres a photo of a single fly when my brother larry and i were in junior and senior high school the. Fly fishing flies soft hackle fly fishing fishing flies for sale fly fishing knots flyfishing flies guide fishing fly fly fishing flies patterns casting skills and info o how to cast a fly. Feathers for tying soft hackle flies the feathers for tying soft hackle flies come from upland game birds these include partridge grouse pheasant starling quail and woodcock so many of the feathers that are called for in the classic soft hackle patterns are protected and off limits to the fly tier. The theory is that the wet flies pulsate so well as they move through the water whatever the reason is these flies work remarkably well and you should have a box dedicated to soft hackles in every way shape and form this particular soft hackle wet fly is an excellent pattern with a bit of flash added to make it that much more attractive. Although they look ugly soft hackled wet flies are like that boring guy in the office that is secretly a badass and fights crime at night we all know who that is soft hackles are amazing for two reasons one they allow you to cover a lot of water and two imitate the tricky behavior of emerging insects
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