Grey Olive Soft Hackle

tying spiders, flymphs & nymphs – Soft Hackle Wet Fly – 38A Little Grey OliveHere is a soft hackle wet fly that I tied as a general representation of an olive coloured insect pupa, a baetis or chironomid pupa perhaps or just something that a hunting trout will take as prey. This soft hackle wet fly as with most of my patterns, is a general representation of an aquatic insect pupa rather than one which masquerades as an exact or specific representation of the insect. I believe that this non-specific approach to creating patterns is generally more advantageous than having a box filled with exact copies and suspect that it will catch you more trout too. A suggestive pattern I believe is more likely to be taken as a number of different food-stuffs by the trout. For example take the soft hackle wet fly that we have here. Fished just under the surface, it may well be taken for a hatching chironomid or a pond or lake olive pupa. It may well be taken for a terrestrial fly landing on the water surface or an adult fly laying its eggs which has begun to sink, perhaps as a result of being swamped by a wave. Fish it a bit deeper and it may be taken again for a chironomid or olive nymph ascending towards the surface to hatch and at a push perhaps, a small caddis also making its way to the surface. If the conditions are windy with a lot of wave action, then it may be taken for some other insect pupa which has been dislodged by the wave and current action. So there we have just a few scenarios where this one suggestive pattern alone may be taken by a hunting trout for a range of natural insects.

The dressing is as always, nice and simple: a hook of your choice, some olive thread, some fine grey dubbing and a grey-olive hen hackle. The hook I have used here is a de-barbed Kamasan B410 and I left a tag end of thread at the rear of the hook to carry the dubbing forward. Starting at the eye of the hook, take the thread down the length of the shank and then back up to just before the eye to form the body. Next I touched dubbed some dry fly micro-dubbing onto the tag end of thread using some sticky wax. The dubbing was Callibaetis Grey and I proceeded back up the shank in open turns ribbing the fly: closer turns where I wanted more dubbing and wider turns where I wanted less. Two turns of a grey-olive hen hackle and then creating a small head completed the fly. Whip finished of course. And there you have a simple tie, creating a suggestive fly for a variety of water conditions. I hope you enjoyed this post and that the fly works for you too. – Soft Hackle Wet Fly – 38

Grey Olive Soft Hackle – Body: olive thread Rib: olive thread touch-dubbed with micro-fine Callibaetis Grey dubbing Hackle: grey-olive hen


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