Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Fishing the Soft Hackle

The target fly last Tuesday on the Sipsey was Alan's Soft Hackle. I fished three different flies for the morning. The one that scored was the size 12 hackle, slowly retrieving it across fast water pockets. The hits were aggressive!!

Tellico Hatchery out of North Carolina stocked the tailrace a couple of weeks ago. This trout had been caught before as evidence of the red lip; nice fight on the 3 wt.
The heat factor before I left the tailrace was reaching the high 90's. The cold tailrace water felt good splashed on my face to help with the heat and humidity. Summer in Alabama is not my favorite time of the year!  A solid take tight lining the hackle got this trout's attention.


Brk Trt said...

Bill, for the most part soft-hackles usually get it done.
They represent a variety of insects in various stages.
Well done buddy.

rivertoprambles said...

Bill, I'm glad you had some fun with the soft-hackle despite the heat. I like to use them at this time of year, especially as a dropper underneath a dry fly used as an indicator.

Bill Trussell said...

True there are times when the hackle will get the trout's attention and Tuesday was the day. The tailrace is bombarded with a variety of files day in and out so a less used pattern worked. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

I seldom use the hackle below a dry, mainly because of the size hackle I am casting. I will give it a try on my next outing. Thanks for the comment

Feather Chucker said...

Soft hackles are where it's at.

Bill Trussell said...

They work when the bite is slow for sure! Thanks for the comment