Partridge And Orange Soft Hackle Fly
Posted 04 June 2012 - 12:29 PM
Yesterday girlfisher asked if I could post the recipe to the Orange Soft Hackle fly that I tied to try and replicate my grandfather's. I couldn't find an exact match, but this one was close:
My grandfather's fly did have the orange body and gray partridge feathers. But it had a black head and some type of reddish hairs. I went though my materials and found something called microfibett in red brown. I added that in, not really knowing how. lol
This is the first fly I've ever tied. I wasn't going to post the pic, because I know there are mistakes in it. The head is too large, and the body was carried too far down the hook shank. But guess what - my fly caught a trout first cast!!
Below is the original, my grandfather's 40-year-old fly. It has caught me about 14 trout on two outings:
Below is the one I tied, trying to replicate it:
We are lucky to have Jeff's late dad's old fly-tying materials. Jeff used to fly fish with his dad, and he even taught him how to tie a few flies. He passed away in 1998, and Jeff hasn't touched fly-fishing or fly-tying since then. I'm glad he's getting back into it.
When I first saw this recipe for the fly, and it called for Gray Partridge feathers, I thought oh great, what are the chances I have those. Looking through his neatly organized and labeled fly-tying chest, they they were....Gray Partridge feathers. His dad kept all of his fly-tying materials in a portable chest that he took with him and kept in his vehicle so he could tie flies right at the river from the trunk of his vehicle. Here is a pic of the box:
Posted 09 June 2012 - 04:22 PM
Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:51 PM
i also agree that an ugly fly will usually actually out fish a pretty fly.when i was a teenager i use to sell flies as a way to make some money.i only used the flies that i didn't deem fit to sell. i think i did rather well with them.either that or i got ''lucky''.
use your flies with pride , you're doing great!keep up the good work.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 12:05 AM
Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:10 AM
I hear ya
PS love the bench
Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:10 PM
Posted 12 June 2012 - 06:20 AM
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