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Old 02-09-11, 08:00 PM   #1
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I thought I'd refill my soft hackle box and tie a dozen or two SH flies for this spring. I tied some yellow, green and orange partridge patterns and then I saw the starling skin in my desk so I tied a few of these beauties. This can be a killer pattern on the hooch year round; a must-have pattern in your box.

Starling and Purple
Hook: Daiichi 1550, size 14
Body: Pearsall's purple silk
Hackle: Starling feather

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Old 02-09-11, 08:34 PM   #2
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I love it. Soft hackles are great everywhere I've used them.
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Old 02-09-11, 08:35 PM   #3
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Old 02-09-11, 09:29 PM   #4
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Nice work as always Mo! The S&P is one of my absolute favorite patterns and is an amazing fish catcher. Probably the most effective Hooch combo I have ever come up with is my Wires Stonefly with a S&P dropper!
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Old 02-09-11, 10:08 PM   #5
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Starling soft hackles are great. My go to rig for stockers is a SJ worm with a #16 starling soft hackle off the back. Very nice tie, wetfly.

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Well done! What kind of spool do you use with your Pearsall's?
I'm interested to hear the answer to that one. I just bent the arms together on a standard bobbin.
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Old 02-09-11, 10:09 PM   #6
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Once again WF, too pretty to fish with, buddy. Dang you're good.
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Old 02-09-11, 10:16 PM   #7
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Starling soft hackles are great. My go to rig for stockers is a SJ worm with a #16 starling soft hackle off the back. Very nice tie, wetfly.



I'm interested to hear the answer to that one. I just bent the arms together on a standard bobbin.

I use a matarelli midge bobbin made just for the small pearsall spools.

Great tie MO

I bought a starling skin online but it was poor quality so I tie a purple and partridge. It has become one of my favorites for sure!
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Old 02-09-11, 10:44 PM   #8
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Thanks, guys!
Another great thing about soft hackle wet flies is that they are great prospecting patterns, too. Many times I'll start fishing with three SHs on my cast and end up not having to change flies once. Offer them to rising fish, add one as a dropper, cast down and across, fish 'em upstream, swing them, lift them, dangle them, do a hand twist retrieve........ it all works. But, you have to have confidence in your fly.

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Well done! What kind of spool do you use with your Pearsall's?
I just transfer a few yards of silk onto one of my blank regular size spools and, voila! No need to mess with the bobbin.
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Old 02-09-11, 11:36 PM   #9
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That is a very nice tie and one I use often with my Tenkara rod.

I don't know if you all have heard but the Her Majesty's wildlife organization has put a ban on starling harvest in the UK. So you better start harvesting them yourself
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Old 02-10-11, 07:50 AM   #10
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Very nice. Elegant comes to mind. Thanks for sharing. Jim
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