This soft-hackle wet was sent to me a while back by my friend in Jarrettsville, Maryland, Bill Shuck.
I thought I’d post the photo, recipe, and a few notes here. Soft-hackles are among the most effective of wet fly patterns.
Snipe and Purple
Hook: Daiichi 1640, #14
Thread: Pearsall’s Gossamer silk #8, purple
Hackle: Snipe wing upper marginal covert
Body: Unwaxed tying thread
The use of unwaxed silk allows the body to darken when wet; this is a classic pattern, still popular today, and according to Bill, was originally designed to imitate stoneflies.