Soft Hackle _ Tied by Vlad. I love soft hackle flies. Small clump of dubbing for the body, few turns of partridge or starling feather and you are ready to go. It’s hard to believe fish will fall on those tiny, “not very well tied” flies. Surprise, surprise and more surprise! No need for the complicated foraging theory or visual searching image hypothesis… You just need to try it by yourself and you will be a believer… just like me!… It’s a simple form of old technique, yet elegant and deadly! With the renaissance of the spey cast, the swing, and greaseline presentation… the softhackle fishing is coming back! I am so glad people start to talk about it again. Yeah! Talk about take a fish with a relax way!
I had a TON of fun fish for trout with softhackle last year in Utah. I cast them out and wish it with some good luck, then the current will take over and take care of the action where the hackle emit it’s voodoo power to the fish… and a simple pause of the line… fish is on the other end of the line. Don’t set the hook, I will add. The fish will set the hook for you. The form of soft hackle fishing is like you sent out an invitation message for a play to the fish, then all you need to do is wait and enjoy your surrounding. The fish will answer your invitation. Ha : )
I am a biologist grew up with a fishing rod in my hands. I have been fortunate enough to embrace my love of art and science in my career. Most of my free time were well spent in the nature, either studying bird behavior or chasing variety of fish with fly rods. My favorite art medium is watercolors, I love the natural and spontaneous feel created by watercolor pigments. I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University. Welcome to my website. Mark