Partridge and Hare’s Ear Soft-Hackle

My friend Bill Shuck in Maryland just sent me another photo and recipe of his latest fly tying efforts. It is a Pete Hidy style rendition of the Partridge and Hare’s Ear Soft-hackle wet fly / flymph.

It is taken from a recipe in the book, The Masters on the Nymph, by Migel and Wright.
Caddis “Partridge and Hare’s Ear.”
Hook: Gaelic Supreme Jack Mickievicz Letort Dry Fly Standard Shank, Size #14
Thread: Pearsall’s Gossamer, #10 Ash
Hackle: One or two turns of partridge hackle slightly longer than the hook
Ribbing: Fine gold wire
Body: Hare’s poll on ash silk thread
Head: Same as body thread
This looks like a killer pattern; simple, easy to tie, all-purpose generic food item that has wide appeal to the trout. Thanks Bill for your great tying and for the photo!
Partridge and Hare's Ear Soft-hackle Caddis / Flymph. Tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Partridge and Hare’s Ear Soft-hackle Caddis / Flymph. Tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

This fly has got to be a great performer in a two or three fly rig, swung down-and-across.

Gray Hackle Peacock – Soft-Hackle Wet Fly

#10 Gray Hackle Peacock wet fly

The Gray Hackle Peacock is a great fishing fly. It’s a simple soft-hackle wet fly, and may be as simple a tie as employing just the use of the peacock herl body and the grizzly hackle, that’s it. This version has the added bling of the gold tinsel tag and tinsel rib as well. The flash adds extra factors that appeal to the fish. The soft hen hackle moves in the water; this fly may be fished on a traditional down-and-across wet fly cast, singly or with one or two other patterns, or it may also be twitched, jigged, jiggled, and retrieved upstream through water that the angler suspects may hold trout. The Gray Hackle Peacock is also deadly when used in a single or two-fly indicator rig when dead-drift nymph fishing. The recipe is:

Gray Hackle Peacock

Thread: Danville Flymaster 6/0 #100 Black or #47 Tobacco Brown

Hook: Standard wet fly hook, #6 to #18

Tag: Gold tinsel

Body: Peacock herl; use several strands on larger hooks to as few as two on smaller ones. Use of one strand of peacock herl on all but the smallest hooks invites the risk of breakage. Two or more strands wound together provides added strength.

Rib: Gold tinsel, can be either flat or oval

Hackle: Grizzly hen hackle

Head: Black